PRUDENCE: Both Plato and Aristotle state that the ‘chief natural virtues,’ or The Four Cardinal Virtues, as adopted by the early Fathers of the Church are…Justice, Fortitude, Temperance, and PRUDENCE.
Prudence is the ability to determine the CORRECT and best ‘course of action’ in a given situation, or circumstance. The bottom line is: Prudence is the exercising of good COMMON SENSE.
As some may think… prudence does not address the question: “What, in principle, is the right thing to do?” The better question should be… What is the best way for us to do the right thing in a particular situation, or circumstance?
Whenever we have to make an important decision… the ‘prudent one’ weighs all the circumstances… and, considers the teachings we find in the bible…. The Gospel. The prudent one will consider their own past experiences and any other information that would influence the outcome… and make… a COMMON SENSE decision.
Proverbs 12:23 – A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims folly.
Proverbs 1:1-6 – The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity; To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.
Proverbs 22:3 – The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.
…Blessing to all…as we seek to live the virtue of PRUDENCE…cjlb… 11/11/2017