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56. Precepts of Prudence

1. Prudence suffuses all the moral virtues. Hence theprecepts of the Decalogue, that is, the Ten Commandments, whichdirect virtuous acts, are all implicitly precepts of prudence.

2. Even the Old Law has definite precepts against falseprudence- craftiness and allied vices-and thus, indirectly,expresses precepts of prudence.

"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
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 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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