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48. The Parts of Prudence

1. The parts of prudence are certain faculties,perfections, or qualities that belong to prudence, or are somehowassociated with it. Among these things, some seem to be almost anelement of prudence itself; these are called itsquasi-integral parts. There are eight of thesequasi-integral parts of prudence: memory, understanding, docility,shrewdness, reason, foresight, circumspection, caution. Other partsof prudence are called its subjective parts; these are itsspecies or kinds of varieties, as, for example, domestic prudence,reigning prudence,military prudence, political prudence, etc.Still other parts of prudence are called its potentialparts; these are virtues connected with prudence, or subordinate toprudence, which produce what can be called its secondary effects;these are: good counsel, which throws a kind of headlight; synesis,which guides judgment in ordinary matters; and gnome, which guidesjudgment in exceptional matters.

"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
Thomas á Kempis

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