The virtue of prudence

Prudence and simplicity seem like two paradoxical virtues and the sight of one who is both simple and prudent at the same time fills me with admiration. Prudence means good judgement, cautiousness, and wisdom. While in my opinion, simplicity often relates with someone who is true and does not put in unnecessary efforts trying to be what he/she is not. Simplicity works hand in hand with humility.

Simplicity is different from naivety. A naïve person is usually ignorant of things which are not plain or obvious. They see things mostly from the surface, and are simple-minded. A naïve person is fragile and can easily be taken advantage of. Simplicity is not simple-mindedness. The children of light are children of wisdom. God blesses his children with his holy wisdom. This is not to ridicule those who are naïve or simple-minded, but this is an exhortation to encourage them to wisen up and be more cautious. If you don’t, you’ll find that a lot of people are taking advantage of you.

Christ said; “If you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with true wealth” Luke 16: 11. If you’re not smart about the irrelevant things of this world, with what wisdom then do you intend to defeat the evil craftiness of satan? How do you intend to protect the salvation that rightfully belongs to you?

Pray hard for the grace of wisdom and prudence. Christ said; “As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him Luke 11: 13. Pray to God for the spirit of prudence and He’ll bless you with this beautiful virtue. Prudence is a virtue that only God gives, it is devoid of all forms of selfishness or craftiness. It is full of wisdom and sensitivity.

As long as you live on earth, you need every dose of prudence you can have. Because the world is filled with different kinds of people, some of which would try to take advantage of you, or try to put you in tight corners. We all need this virtue to get around.

Stop procrastinating, whatever you remember you need to do, do now. Think hard and analyse well before taking important decisions, if possible, ask the opinions of those around you; but listen more to your own instincts if you’re still unsure.

Talk less and listen more. You mustn’t always state the facts, certain truths are not for every ear. Say only what needs to be said and avoid unnecessary details.

Consciously apply wisdom in whatever you do. If you don’t, you’ll find yourselves taking the wrong turns, making silly decisions, or being taken advantage of. You’ll also find yourself failing.

May the Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary bless us with the virtue of Holy wisdom and prudence. Amen.


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