One of the great losses in our Christian West has been the loss of memory (in fact, almost a collective amnesia) about our own Wisdom heritage. When many people hear about Wisdom in the way in which The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault describes, they are unaware that the first title given to Jesus by his immediate followers was a moshel meshalim, which is “master of Wisdom.” In the Near Eastern culture into which he was born, the category was well known, and his methods were immediately recognizable as part of it. He taught mashal, parables, and Wisdom sayings. He came to help people awaken to themselves and to the kingdom of God. But as Wisdom became more and more associated with intellectual understanding, more and more scholastic and cerebral, the capacity to read the ancient road maps of wholeness steadily declined.
Join Father Ben this year to explore the Wisdom Way of Knowing. The first stream of Wisdom flows from the ancient lineage of Benedictine Monasticism. It’s from this great spiritual tradition that the template of Ora et Labora (prayer and work) provides an essential and orderly rhythm for deepening formation. By balancing time for conscious work with time for prayer, engaged both alone and collectively, we enhance our capacity to “bend one’s being around truths not usually accessible at our ordinary level of awareness.