.- Yesterday evening the Holy Father met with professors and students from the Roman pontifical universities to kick off the academic year. In his remarks, the Pope clarified how to avoid pride by becoming âtruly wise before God.â
Pope Benedict XVI began his address to the audience by distinguishing between the wisdom of God and the âwisdom of the world.â The Pontiff affirmed that the latter âis a way of living and seeing things divorced from God, following dominant opinions according to the criteria of success and power.â However, he continued, ââDivine wisdom' consists in following the mind of Christ; it is Christ who opens the eyes of the heart to follow the path of truth and love.â
Tying in the Apostle to the Gentiles, Pope Benedict went on to say that âSt. Paul exhorts those who consider themselves wise according to the criteria of the world to 'become fools' in order to become truly wise before God.â He continued, âPaul - following Jesus - opposes a type of intellectual pride in which human beings, even though knowing much, lose the sensibility of truth and the ability to open themselves to the newness of divine action."
The Pope recalled that St. Paul "denounced the poison of false wisdom, which is human pride.â
âWhat is harmful is not knowledge in itself but rather the presumption, the âboastfulnessâ of what we have come to - or believe we have come to â know,â Benedict explained. âIt is precisely in this that revolts and discord have come from within the Church and, analogously, in society.â
âTherefore,â he continued, we must âcultivate the wisdom, not of the flesh, but of the Spirit."
"The 'thinking of Christ' that we have received through grace purifies us of false wisdom. We come to this 'wisdom of Christ' through the Church and in the Church, letting ourselves be carried on the river of its living tradition."
The Holy Father concluded by sharing his desire that the professors and students fervently dedicate themselves âto intellectual work, free of the temptation of pride, and boast always and only in the Lord."