Piero del Pollaiuolo
Tempera on panel, 167 x 88 cmFlorence, Galleria degli Uffizi
Piero painted six Virtues (Temperance, Faith, Hope, Charity, Prudence and Justice) for the Guilt of "Mercatanzia" in Florence.
From A Year With Blessed James Alberione,
Compiled by J. Maurus
Prudence is a moral and supernatural virtue which inclines the mind to choose the better means to reach salvation and to do good.
Prudence examines with maturity, decides wisely, and executes faithfully.
It requires first of all examining well the end. Many fail in this essential point: Why am I created? Why do I exist? The seriousness of the problem to be solved requires a mature examination.
What Strikes Me Most Today
I am struck by the words in the first line, "which inclines the mind to choose the better means to reach salvation and to do good." For me, it's not so much trying to figure out what is best for my salvation, it's more a matter of me being honest with myself and acting how I know I should. Too often I find myself doing what I know is wrong, rather than the way I really want to act (I am living Romans 7:15 too often!)
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