Wise Judgment: Good conscience in action



 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

The next Step is good conscience in action

 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?