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
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?