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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.

"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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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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"The greatest glory we can give to God is to do his will in everything."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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