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The Origin of Wisdom

The psalmist says: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (cf. Ps 110[111]:10). […]

The Holy Scriptures contain an insistent exhortation to cultivate the fear of God. We are speaking here of that fear which is a  gift of the Holy Spirit. Among the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, indicated in the words of Isaiah (cf. Is 11:2), fear of God is listed last, but that does not mean it is the least significant, since it is precisely fear of God that is the beginning of wisdom. And among the gifts of the Holy Spirit, wisdom holds first place. Therefore, we need to pray that people everywhere and especially people in our own time will receive the fear of God.

From the Holy Scriptures we also know that this fear—the origin of wisdom—has nothing in common with the fear of a slave. It is filial fear, not servile fear! The Hegelian paradigm of master-slave is foreign to the Gospel.

[…]The philosophy of arrogance is born of the Hegelian paradigm. The only force capable of effectively counteracting this philosophy is found in the Gospel of Christ, in which the paradigm of master-slave is radically transformed into the paradigm of father-son.

—from Crossing the Threshold of Hope by Blessed John Paul II in the chapter: Crossing the Threshold of Hope

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