We all have a moral character. That moral character is made up of qualities, virtues, vices, talents and weaknesses that make us who we are.
The Christian’s goal is to develop a character that is loving and deeply human.
The four Christian CARDINAL virtues: wise judgment, justice, courage, wholeness. Wise judgment: prudence or an accurate vision and comprehension of the whole reality (cf. Mt. 7:24-28) (story from page 96) 3 dimensions of wise judgment Seeing reality clearly Figuring out the good Knowing her own feelings and motives
Those good habits that reveal our inner readiness to do good The habits of a life of love Love is expressed through moral virtues This is acquired through practice and with God’s help The cardinal virtues of wise judgment, courage, and wholeness are foundational to all other moral virtues
Take the case of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:2-11).
Jesus understands that the punishment is too severe and that it is gender-biased. He also knows that they want to trick him into disobeying the Mosaic Law and arrest him.
The answer is to confront them with their own hypocrisy.
Consider reality and the economic bailout we are facing or the global environmental crisis)
Traditionally called prudence Prudence: caution, wise judgment Comes first in importance because it is the ability to: Make decisions based on a well formed conscience Willingness to carry out these decisions
We often have a mix of motives for what we want to do. Wise judgment excludes false motives. Case: page 106-107. Which is the wise decision?