Prudence and Gift of Council

Do you know someone who always seems to know what to do, when to do it, and how to get it done right? They have what we call the virtue of prudence. Richaél Lucero is digging into all things prudence related in this episode. Listen to learn about the daughter virtues of prudence, different types of prudence, the sins against prudence (and how to guard against them), and the gift of the Holy Spirit that corresponds with prudence.


Episodes referenced

virtues series

how to become more like Christ by cultivating the seven virtues in your life with the help of the Holy Spirit.

armor of god series

How to fight like a child of God in your daily spiritual warfare using all seven pieces of what St. Paul calls the “armor of God” in Ephesians 6.

Beatitudes series

How to actually receive the promise of ultimate happiness promised by Christ.

scriptures referenced

The advice Jesus gave to his disciples.

Behold I send you out as sheep amongst the wolves. So be wise as serpent and as gentle as doves.

Matthew 10:16

The importance of knowing the difference between false prudence and true prudence.

You can gain the whole world and lose your soul.

Matthew 16:26

quotes referenced

Prudence in the Catechism

Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it; “the prudent man looks where he is going.”  “Keep sane and sober for your prayers.” Prudence is “right reason in action,” writes St. Thomas Aquinas, following Aristotle. It is not to be confused with timidity or fear, nor with duplicity or dissimulation. It is called auriga virtutum (the charioteer of the virtues); it guides the other virtues by setting rule and measure. It is prudence that immediately guides the judgment of conscience. The prudent man determines and directs his conduct in accordance with this judgment. With the help of this virtue we apply moral principles to particular cases without error and overcome doubts about the good to achieve and the evil to avoid.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1806

Susinctley put…

Prudence is ‘right reason in action.”

St. Thomas Aquinas

important lists

Three parts to a prudential act:

1. Seek good council. 

2. Use good judgement. 

3. Command you will. // Take action.

Three types of prudence:

1. Supernatural prudence: Related to God’s will. And concerned with the Kingdom of God.

2. Natural prudence: related to the things we need in this life.

3. False prudence: Go along with an evil or a wrong because we a.) Don’t know what to do. Or b.) are afraid of the opposition. And put natural prudence before supernatural prudence. 

Paraphrased from Fr. Benedict Groeshcel, The Virtue Driven Life

The three daughter virtues of prudence:

1. Circumspection. It’s the ability to reflect on the circumstances, risks, rewards…. And then make the best decision.

2. Docility. Willingness to be taught. Especially when it comes to spiritual matters and eternal life. 

3. Foresight. Thinking ahead, being prepared, and considering consequences.

The sins/offenses against prudence:

1. Impulsive

2. Inconsiderate

3. Procrastinating

4. Negligent

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