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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.

"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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