“The task of wisdom is to prompt the intelligence to strict watchfulness, constancy, and spiritual contemplation.”
St Hesychios the Priest
On Watchfulness and Holiness
Written for Theodoulos
Philokalia Volume 1
I remember growing up that my brother was often described as being “wise beyond his years”. As a young lad I always wondered what that meant because I was blinded by jealousy and sibling rivalry. Now I understand what people saw in my brother; his deep concern for those around him. You see being wise is not about having the right answers or attaining some degree of knowledge that sets you apart, but, rather, it is about your intentional desire to connect to God and God’s commands. St. Hesychios the Priest reminds us that wisdom is more about watchfulness and spiritual contemplation than actual knowledge. In the contemplative tradition, we are reminded of the importance of wisdom for our spiritual development. We do not seek to cultivate it but connect to it as it resides deep within us and the cosmos. Our active contemplation in life at work, school, or with our families provides opportunities for us to contemplate God and connect to the wisdom that lives within us. The result of our connection to wisdom is a humble life that reminds us of the awesome wonder that is God and God’s call on our lives. Let’s take time this week connecting to the divine and gaining wisdom in our relationships with one another and with God. The well of wisdom is deep and ever flowing which brings great excitement to those who begin the work of contemplating it.