Choose a topic from Part 2B:

53. Imprudence

1. Imprudence is the absence or lack of prudence. Whenthis lack is a person's own fault, it is a sin.

2. Sinful imprudence is a special sin, for it standsopposed to the special virtue of prudence. Yet, in one sense,imprudence is a general sin, for it takes in several other sins.These sins are: precipitation, thoughtlessness, inconstancy, andnegligence.

3. Precipitation is an inordinate rushing into actionunder the impulse of will or passion. It is plain to see that thissin has the character of imprudence.

4. Thoughtlessness, as a sin of imprudence, is a willfulfailure to judge a situation rightly because of a contempt for, ora neglect of, the things on which right judgment depends.

5. Inconstancy, as a sin of imprudence is the unwiseceasing from, or withdrawal from, a good purpose that has beenprudently taken up. Inconstancy results from appetite uncontrolledby prudent reason.

6. All these imprudences-precipitation, thoughtlessness,inconstancy-are born of appetite inordinately given to pleasures ofsense, and especially lustful appetite. We may justly say thatthese sins of imprudence are largely from lust.

"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

* * *

"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

* * *

"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."
Blessed Henry Suso

* * *