But one of the running temptations we encounter in this world is the temptation of coming up with makeshift forms of holiness.We we know what God wants, and we bustle around to come up with some form of that on our own.

Its scope of course is to make provision of what is necessary for eternal salvation.

Although acquired prudence considered as a principle of operation is quite compatible with sin in the agent, still it is well to note that vice obscures or at times utterly beclouds its judgment.

That is done by the particular moral virtue within whose province it falls.

Prudence, therefore, has a directive capacity with regard to the other virtues.

But then we discover later, to our dismay, that this is not what He was asking for at all.

Compare these two passages from Ephesians: Let the thief no longer steal, let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, do that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

(Latin prudentia , contracted from providentia , seeing ahead). Definitions of it are plentiful from Aristotle down.

His "recta ratio agibilium" has the merits of brevity and inclusiveness.

In the first instance, his use of it is not really that surprising to us.

In the second, there are perhaps quite a few surprises in store.

Is the phrase “sexual purity” overused in the church today?