While The Gift of Knowledge allows us to know God and all persons and things in relation to Him, and Understanding allows us to penetrate them and realize their depth and cling to our purpose of eternal salvation and infinite Love, the Gift of Wisdom allows us to coordinate all the supernatural truths and Gifts and unify them in Love so we may become the image of Jesus Christ even in this life! Even with Understanding, we still do not have Christ perfectly formed within us, it requires the unification of all God’s Truths in Love, which is called Wisdom! It proceeds from “I Am Who Am”.
The Gift of Wisdom allows us to coordinate all the Truths about God and unifies them such that we can say with St. Paul: “For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God!” (1 Corinthians 2:10) The soul now looks at all things with the great height and thought of the Supreme Cause and coordinates and unifies them in Love!
The Gift of Wisdom is reflected in St. Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 3:18: “But we all with faces unveiled, reflecting as in a mirror the glory of God, are being transformed into His very image from glory to glory, as through the Spirit of The Lord.” It is better to love God than to know Him, but it is best to know Him and to Love Him! This is the Gift of Wisdom. It comes forth from Charity and also leads back to Charity for the same reason we came forth from God who is Charity, and we all go back to Him who is Charity, although some go back and reject such Love! Wisdom prevents this eternal outcome of rejecting Charity!
The Gift of Wisdom allows us to know Love and give ourselves to Love as Love has been given completely to us! This means complete self-giving through the Cross for the Glory of the Father…a compete consummation! The Gift of Wisdom allows us to experience God as Love…..as Love Crucified! It is this EXPERIENCE of Love Crucified, which is the Gift of Wisdom and truly differentiates it from The Gift of Understanding. The Saints seemed mad to the point of folly with their self-abnegation, their recognition of their nothingness despite their holiness, and their willingness to suffer all things for Christ, because this is indeed madness to human wisdom! Therefore, we know it is Divine Wisdom….a Gift of the Holy Spirit!
Those who have the Gift of Wisdom are sublimely peaceful, since the Gift produces this Peace….”that Peace which surpasses all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7) These are the “children of God”, because Wisdom has made them sons and daughters and has engraved in them the perfect image that one can have on earth, the image of the Son of God Crucified!
Ultimately, Wisdom allows us to see, understand and relish the ultimate Truth: “That they may be one as we are one; I in them and You in Me; that they may be perfected as one.” (John 17:21)
Let us continue with the Novena for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as we continue to beg the Father and Son at http://www.ewtn.con/devotionals/Pentecost/seven.htm