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Daniel 1: Wisdom and Prudence

Simon Vouet: Allegory of Prudence

Simon Vouet: Allegory of Prudence

Friday, September 23, 2022

In any question of wisdom or prudence which the king put to them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his kingdom.

Just like the Chaldeans, we marvel at the wisdom and prudence coming from one who lives in God.  These holy ones are able to bring light to darkness, reason to insanity, tranquility to the turbulent spirit. We might do well to imitate those who walk with God.  These four men, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, are more free in their captivity than their captors are in their freedom for what they possess is a pearl of great price. They know that we are all children of God.


You chose the lowly of this world to bring salvation to all nations: grant your people the wisdom to seek your love rather than worldly honor.

You chose the faithful to bring forth the fruit of your promise: strengthen us in fidelity amid the uncertainties of our day.

You chose the unexpected to bring forth the gift of life: grant us freedom of spirit to rejoice in your work in every circumstance.

For those who are enslaved by poverty and oppression: send people of wisdom and generosity to discover ways to set them free.

For those who are enslaved by prejudice and fear: send people of courage and self-forgetfulness to keep them out of the darkness.

For those who are enslaved by addictions, recognized and unrecognized: send people enlightened by their own struggles to guide them along right paths.

If we are in the darkness yet see the light, we must take up Christ as our courage to move into that light, and we must try to bring our sisters and brothers with us. If we rise from our suffering, we must turn to others who suffer to likewise bring them out of the darkness and into God’s marvelous hands.

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Cameron, Peter John. “Prayer for the Morning.” MAGNIFICAT. 9.9 (2008). Print.  

A reflection from September 9, 2008.


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Isaiah 57: Ransomstacks of coins

Friday, August 19, 2022

Sticking out one’s tongue is evidently an ancient sign of mockery and disdain, as we read today in verse 4. It is not new in our modern age. And neither is contempt for the righteous. Devout men are swept away, with no one giving it a thought.

We often hear Isaiah read out during the season of Advent when we anticipate the coming of the holy one who dwells on high with the crushed and dejected in spirit, to revive the dejected and the hearts of the crushed. We are told that this holy one does not want to terrify the souls he has made but rather heal their ways, comfort and lead them. This holy one desires peace

The psalm in this morning’s MAGNIFICAT prayer is number 49.  For no man can buy his own ransom, or pay a price to God for his life. The ransom of his soul is beyond him. He cannot buy life without end, nor avoid coming to the grave. 

In yesterday’s evening prayer is this from Ephesians: I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace . . .

We are pearls of great price, once lost and now found, ransomed at a great price . . . the life of the creator’s own son . . . for we are loved this well.

When it appears as though our many works go unnoticed or are pointless in the storm of life, we must rely on the fact that God notices all.  When it seems as though those of evil ways win and those of peaceful ways lose, we must trust God to take a proper accounting and to ransom those who are lost.

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Adapted from a reflection written on Thursday, July 2, 2009.

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