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Wisdom (sapientia)

SG Wisdom

The first window illustrates the crown of the intellectual virtues. King Solomon, the builder of the Temple, desired God's holy wisdom more than riches or honor. "Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of Thine?" (2 Chron. 1:10). In the predella (lower section) of this window, is Boethius (470-524). A senator during the decline of the Roman Empire, Boethius has been viewed by subsequent Christian history as a paragon of both classical and Christian wisdom. In addition to his civic duties he wrote works of science, literature, music, logic, and theology, as well as translations and commentaries on ancient Greek literature. Shown here in prison shortly before his execution on false charges, Boethius is writing his Consolation of Philosophy, describing how the love of wisdom leads to true happiness, a knowledge of freedom that transcends circumstance, and thus sustains and comforts during times of adversity.

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