Tag Archives: Prudence

Steadily Perfecting

Advancing in the spiritual life and becoming more and more virtuous is attained little by little. Padre Quadrupani makes these suggestions for progressing steadily in this lifelong journey: “We should not undertake to perfect ourselves upon all points at once; … Continue reading

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Meekness

Padre Quadrupani writes: “Our Lord offers us in His Divine Person a model of all the virtues. Meekness, however, is the one that He seems to have wished more particularly to propose for our imitation since He said: ‘Learn of … Continue reading

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Zeal

Zeal, which is steady ardor in loving, can be reasonable or unreasonable. It can be unreasonable in two ways: when zealotry coerces others to love something, and when jealousy prevents others from loving something. Padre Quadrupani writes: “Zeal for the … Continue reading

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Rash Judgment, Suspicion, Mistrust

Rash judgment, suspicion, and mistrust are three distinct actions which are often confused with each other. The first is a sin; the second is not only permissible, but often a duty; and the third is merely an involuntary human passion. … Continue reading

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Practicing Charity

Padre Quadrupani discusses practical ways to put the virtue of charity into practice: “Assist your brethren in their needs whenever you can. However, you should always be careful to consult the laws of prudence in this matter and to be … Continue reading

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Prudence

St. Francis of Assisi cautions against worldly prudence: “We must not be wise or prudent according to the flesh, but simple, humble, and pure.” St. Catherine of Bologna observes: “No one ever yet relied upon his own prudence without, by … Continue reading

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Charity and Lust

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) in Book Three of his treatise De doctrina Christiana (On Christian Doctrine) distinguishes between charity and lust: “I mean by charity that affection of the mind which aims at the enjoyment of God for His … Continue reading

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