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50. The Subjective Parts of Prudence

1. Reigning prudence belongs to those thatlegislate and exercise government. Aristotle (Polit. iii)says: "Prudence is a virtue proper to the person whorules."

2. Political prudence, in its widest meaning,includes reigning prudence. But, in a stricter sense, it is thatspecies of prudence which guides citizens in their loyal obedienceto the requirements of government.

3. Domestic prudence is the virtue which governsthe reasonableactivities of life in a household. It standsmidway between the prudence of the individual and the politicalprudence which guides the rule of city, state, or kingdom.

4. Scripture says (Prov. 24:6): "War is managed by dueordering, and there shall be safety where there are manycounsels." Hence, there is a kind of prudence to be calledmilitary prudence.

"It is well to choose some one good devotion, and to stick to it, and never to abandon it."
St Philip Neri

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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