January Focus – Luminous Mysteries

January Virtue of the Month – Wisdom

We begin the new year with a focus on the virtue of wisdom. Wisdom is one of the four cardinal virtues. The four cardinal virtues are justice, wis-dom (prudence), courage (fortitude), and moderation (self-control, temper-ance. These four are called “cardinal” virtues from the Latin word for “hinge.” All other virtues hinge on these four. Wisdom is “right reason in action,” writes St. Thomas Aquinas. It is the virtue that allows us to judge correctly what is right and what is wrong in any given situation.

In today’s world there are many shades of grey that confuse right and wrong. Yet, through prayer and practice one can deepen the virtue of wisdom, a gift of the Holy Spirit received at Baptism and strength-ened at Confirmation.

This month let us place ourselves under the protection of Mary, Mother of God, and implore her assistance as the Seat of Wisdom. This week let us pray each day for the virtue of wisdom: Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.