Channels of Wisdom

Listening and learning from the older generation

Channels of Wisdom

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Mary’s visit to Elizabeth shortly after the annunciation is usually understood as a mission to assist her elder relative in preparation for the birth of John the Baptist.

Another way to look at this, however, is that the visit also afforded Elizabeth the opportunity to pass down wisdom to her younger kinswoman, a tradition of sharing that has gone on throughout human history.

In a special way, women are usually the memory keepers in the family. They collect photographs, keep scrapbooks, and record family history. Women readily share their memories and stories of the heart, passing down family lore and wisdom from one generation to the next. Our mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers have a wealth of knowledge and mother wit to share with us about how to raise our daughters and sons and how to influence our world today and for the future.

The Scriptures reflect the value of having elders in our midst. The book of Sirach says, “How attractive is sound…

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