Saturday, August 3, 2013

Think of What is Above

Wisdom, according to St. Thomas Aquinas, is knowledge of the highest causes.  By knowledge of the deepest truths about reality, we order our life to harmonize with the world sung into being by our creator.  Wisdom is about being rooted in reality, not fiction, and the deepest reality of the world is God Himself who is the uncaused-cause of creation.  This is why St. Paul exhorts us to “Think of what is above, not of what is on earth” (Col 3:1).  What is above?  Christ, seated at the right hand of God.  Christ is the Word of God and the Wisdom of God.  He is the eternal Logos.  By thinking of what is above, we are conformed to Jesus Christ.  To know Jesus is to know wisdom.

Knowing this wisdom is possible because “you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”  By the waters of baptism, we have died with Christ in hope that we will rise with him (Rom 6:4).  The grace available to us in baptism is used to put to death our evil: greed, impurity, and lying.  By grace, we turn away from what is earthly, no longer conforming our ways to the world, but conforming our ways to what is above: Jesus at the right hand of the Father.

By God’s grace, we can harmonize our lives with the Father’s wisdom.  He directs us and calls us to follow Him and to grow into a deeper relationship with him.  This is why I first entered seminary.  I wanted to turn my face fully to what is above, not of what is on earth, so I opened myself to discerning what God was calling me to do, rather than what I wanted to do.  As I’ve continued to gaze at the wisdom of the Father through prayer and diligent study of God’s word, I’ve realized that my life in seminary was not in harmony with God’s wisdom.  I was lacking the peace, joy, and abundance of life promised by the Father.  For this reason, I discerned that God is calling me to leave the seminary and to pursue a vocation to marriage.

This has disappointed many people, and I’m sorry about that, I’ve found these same people to be very supportive of me clinging to God’s will rather than to my own.  I’m grateful for that.  As I continue down this new path, I would appreciate the prayers of all my readers.  I certainly pray for you!

I would also appreciate some job offers!

I plan on continuing to write this blog, and tentatively I plan on finishing my master’s degree in theology before getting a PhD. in theology or getting a JCL for Canon Law.  Hopefully God will provide a young, holy, and WISE woman along the way!


  1. James,
    You have my prayers, as you always have. God bless you and guide you on your journey.

  2. @Rita,

    Thank you very much! I truly do appreciate the prayers.

    Peace in Christ,

  3. Hi James. I was looking for supplement readings on the Gospel today and I decided to peruse your blog. I came across this one as I retro-read. I commend you for your sincerity.

    I am sure you have discerned God's will with the help of your Spiritual Director/guide or formator.

    It might interest you to read this (if you have time)~

    God bless. I include your intentions in my prayers.

  4. Thank you for the confidence Melissa! I will also keep you in my prayers.