Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bede the Venerable: All Saving Wisdom Must be Begged from God

If anyone of you, however, stands in need of wisdom, let him beg it from God, who gives to all abundantly and does not reproach, and it will be given to him. All saving wisdom, indeed, must be begged from the Lord, because, as the wise man says, All wisdom is from the Lord God and was always with him (Sirach 1:1), and no one is able to understand be wise of his own free will without the help of divine grace ... . Bede the Venerable, Commentary on the Seven Catholic Epistles, at James 1:5 (Cisterian Studies Series, #82, p. 9), translated by Dom David Hurst, O.S.B.