- is one of the moral virtues
- is the balance of moderation between the extremes of moral behavior
- might be called “sanctified common sense” which realizes the value of afflictive experiences
- allows the Spirit to take over our life and to live our life with us and for us
- acknowledges that we will make mistakes, but realizes that God knows how to guide our lives towards transformation in Christ
- FG: 63
- AW: 76
Prudence, with regard to decision making, according to Thomas Aquinas, is based on a series of steps that include remembrance of the past, foreseeing the consequences of the action, consulting prudent and wise persons for advice, weighing alternatives, praying to God for guidance, and finally, making a decision. To decide after reviewing these considerations is the chief act of prudence, according to Aquinas. The Gift of Counsel raises the virtue of prudence to a new dimension. It not only suggests what to do in long-range planning, but also what to do in the details of our daily lives.
Prudence, as a moral virtue, is the balance between extremes of behavior. The more open we are to the Spirit, the more the Spirit takes over our daily lives. The Spirit will live our lives for us if we ask and remain attentive to the Spirit’s inspirations.
The Gift of Counsel raises the virtue of prudence to a new dimension that is more intimate and spontaneous. It not only suggests what to do in the long range, but also what to do in the details of our daily lives.
Prudence has been described a sanctified common sense.
How might you allow Spirit to take over? How is God living your life?
Trust in God’s guidance in everyday experiences and decisions. Trust God for long range planning.