Wisdom Wednesdays

Catholic Perspectives on Faith, Culture, and Politics

Resplendent and unfading is Wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her,” Book of Wisdom, 6:12

This Week’s Wisdom Wednesday Collection


Wisdom Wednesday | January 26th

Welcome back! Wisdom Wednesday returns this week with a focus on the days and weeks of our lives. We highlight important dates of both celebration and solemn remembrance. We also focus on international news, the ongoing work of Vatican II, and the latest in pro-abortion and anti-abortion activism. Finally, we offer reading suggestions for anyone seeking even more wisdom. Enjoy!

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We pray, as Saint Paul prayed for the Ephesians, that you may receive “a spirit of wisdom and revelation.”  Visit with us each Wednesday as we seek the wisdom of many witnesses to the whirl of faith, culture and politics. May God be with us!

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Wisdom Wednesday | January 26th

Welcome back! Wisdom Wednesday returns this week with a focus on the days and weeks of our lives. We highlight important dates of both celebration and solemn remembrance. We also focus on international news, the ongoing work of Vatican II, and the latest in pro-abortion and anti-abortion activism. Finally, we offer reading suggestions for anyone seeking even more wisdom. Enjoy!

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Highlighted Articles This Week

Past weekly roundups of news in faith, politics, and culture

Wisdom Wednesday | January 12th

The theme for this Wisdom Wednesday is just one word: Respect. Can you show respect for another’s belief without watering down your own? Do both sides of a dispute deserve respect even if one side is generally viewed as evil? We begin with separate challenges for Muslims and Hindus, then Christians’ views of Jewish tradition, Christians’ respect – or the lack of it – for the LGBTQ community, and more.

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Wisdom Wednesday | January 5th

On the first Wednesday in January, we can’t avoid referring to the Roman god of gates and doors, Janus, whose two faces could look ahead and back at the same time. Pope Francis offers look-ahead encouragement. We look back to an essay penned last January by Fr. John Heagle, “How Catholics got conned by Donald Trump.” And we ask questions: is it time for Catholics to give up meat? Will the synod on synodality renew or disappoint?

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Wisdom Wednesday | December 22nd

Wisdom Wednesday finds a writer who says Pope Francis is no more “Mr. Nice Guy.” And the pope speaks out on several topics. We also look at research from Pew on a number of pressing topics, and commentary from NCR, Black Catholic Messenger, RNS, and more.

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Wisdom Wednesday | December 15th

Among many offerings today, Wisdom Wednesday asks three questions: When has the Vatican ever apologized for anything? Answer: It just happened for New Ways Ministry. How many African Americans have been beatified or canonized? Answer: None. What was Pope Paul VI describing by the phase, “lamentable defection”? Answer: a priest or a nun has had sex. Read on to learn more.

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Wisdom Wednesday | December 8th

Wisdom Wednesday today offers a glimpse into the work and witness of several notable believers and thinkers: Dorothy Day and Henri Nouwen along with present-day Bishop William Wack, Phyllis Zagano and Pope Francis.

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Wisdom Wednesday | December 1st

Happy New Year, it’s Advent! As our new liturgical year begins, Wisdom Wednesday notes that the feast of Jesus’ birth began by co-opting a pagan holiday. We also explore Hanukkah, news from Pope Francis, synodality, and thoughtful suggestions for reading and listening this Advent season.

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