Wisdom makes the soul responsive to the Holy Spirit in the contemplation of God to use his ideas to judge his creation. Wisdom effects harmony and filial fear of God, and makes our standards conform to God’s. We should desire wisdom in the Mystic Body of Christ, as the Holy Spirit pleases.
“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God. And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms” (1 Corinthians 2:12-13).
Sanctifying Wisdom is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit available to all Christians in the state of Grace. The gift is imparted through the sacraments, particularly Confirmation. Through Wisdom we can bear the burdens of this life, and respond to our neighbor with charity and patience. We cannot acquire the gift through study or experience because wisdom is the application of divine Knowledge. “Rather, we speak God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden, which God predetermined before the ages for our glory” (1 Corinthians 2:7).
A word of Wisdom may entail a prophetic future and God’s means to accomplish his will. Wisdom implies divine direction to use knowledge effectively, we can’t earn wisdom, but can receive it from God through prayer.
“Therefore, I, too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones, do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him” (Ephesians 1:15-17).
The article Development of Charismatic Wisdom shows the escalation of Sanctifying Wisdom, destined to salvation, to Charismatic Wisdom, destined to serve the Mystic Body of Christ; and the article Saul’s Sight Recovery shows the charismatic interaction between Knowledge and Wisdom. The Holy Spirit grants us wisdom, as He wills, to accomplish his supernatural plans and purposes.