Practicing Wisdom

But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained thenselves to distinguish good from evil.
—Hebrews 5:14

“Wisdom, let us attend!” shouts the Orthodox priest at each service before the reading of Holy Scripture. This ancient call is a wonderful phrase because it implies that the mere reading of the Scriptures can impart not just knowledge, but wisdom to the one who listens attentively.

The practice (or constant use) of wisdom is at the core of our growing towards maturity. Sadly, imparting wisdom has little place in our nation’s current educational goals. This is . . .

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Thomas S. Buchanan is a member of the Orthodox Church and lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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