Closely related to the gifts of wisdom and understanding, the gift of knowledge enables us to view created things as signs which lead to God. Sometimes we forget that God can be seen in all of His creation. A beautiful sunrise, a snowy winter day, the members of our family, our co-workers are all examples of God’s creation. Even such inventions as the Internet and television can lead us to God if we use them correctly. While we should enjoy created things, the gift of knowledge helps us from becoming too attached to them.
In his book My Daily Bread, Fr. Anthony Paone writes, “Your daily life is a journey toward eternity. The knowledge which helps you to gain Heaven is the first and most important knowledge for you.” We should never lose sight of the fact that our main goal in this life is to reach Heaven. If any created thing is holding us back from that goal, it really has no place on our life. Sometimes this can be difficult, especially if it involves a relationship. However, we can utilize this gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us to the right decision.
St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, recommends asking Our Lady for help in obtaining an increase in the gift of knowledge:
“Mary is also the mother of knowledge, for it is with her that we learn the most important lesson of all, that nothing is worth while if we are not close to Our Lord. All the wonders of this earth, the fulfilment of our every ambition, all this is worthless unless the living flame of love burns within us, unless there is the light of holy hope giving us a foretaste of never-ending love in our true homeland in Heaven.”
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