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Embracing Prudence in the New Year

embracing prudenceMany of us make New Year’s resolutions, mainly because we want to see positive change in our lives. Perhaps we haven’t always made the wisest food choices. Or, maybe we haven’t been that good at handling our finances. We want to change for the better. By embracing Prudence, we can accomplish our New Year’s resolutions with success.

True Goods versus Apparent Goods

Prudence is the application of practical reason to the decision-making process, so that one may determine the true good every time, as well as choose the proper means of achieving the true good.

Let’s first differentiate between a true good and an apparent good. A true good has no disguise. Take Christ, as an example; sinless and morally Continue reading

Jesus Asks: Are You the Faithful and Prudent Steward?

Faithful and prudent stewardIn today’s Gospel, from Luke 12:39-48, we learn of the parable of the faithful and prudent steward. When the master is away, some stewards fulfill their responsibilities. The master deems such people as trustworthy and capable of performing more important tasks. Other servants use the opportunity to take advantage of their positions and treat the staff cruelly.

We can apply this parable to how we act in the workplace when the boss is away on business. How trustworthy are we to faithfully fulfill our responsibilities? If Jesus were standing in front of you now, would He be able to declare you as a faithful and prudent steward of the gifts He has given to you? He has blessed you with Continue reading

Business Ethics Have a Moral Basis

Business EthicsWe live in a secular world. Yet, how we conduct ourselves, in business, has at its foundation God’s moral laws – what we call today, business ethics.  Business ethics calls for us to be honest, respectful, wise, prudent, just, tactful and courteous in transacting business with others. These ethics require us to be virtuous, if we want to be successful!

Business Ethics at Work

Honest – The Eighth Commandment states, “You shall not bear dishonest witness against your neighbor” (Deut. 5:20). God calls us to live by the truth. Live an upright life, both in action and speech; tactfully, and with kindness.

Respectful – “Do to others what you would have them do to youContinue reading

What’s the Prudent Thing to Do? You Decide – Take the Test!

Prudent In this scenario, determine the prudent thing to do:

Johnny, a high school student, was in the process of applying to colleges. He had his heart set on attending State University, as it had an excellent mathematics program. One problem though, the school requires an essay on how Johnny would make a positive impact on the university community, should he be accepted. Johnny wanted to major in math because he hated writing essays. Math is numbers, and Johnny was good at numbers; but not so good, when it came to writing essays.

A Prudent Course of Action?

Johnny’s friend, Matt, stopped by one afternoon after school, and Johnny let Matt know about the essay requirement. Johnny also knew that Matt Continue reading

Lose Weight the Right Way

Lose weight

Lose weight at this time of year?

Yes, it can be done!

Lose weight the right way – this time for the right reasons and for good! It’s that time of year, when we are tempted to imbibe on eggnog and eat all sorts of baked goods. The temptations are everywhere you look: At the grocery store, on TV, in magazines; even in your own home.

Would you like to get through this holiday season and not gain weight? Maybe even lose a pound or two? If so, let me introduce you to the process I used to lose 60 pounds (over an 18 month period), and have managed to keep off for about a year now.

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Prudence’s Principle Workings – Part III of III

command of action

How does ‘command’ work regarding Prudence’s Principle Workings? To command is to act upon good counsel and good judgment; therefore, Prudence gives judgment its authoritative value. However, if we fail to listen to good counsel, or discount good judgment, then our actions will be imprudent. Let’s go back to that bowl of ice cream, or slice of pizza. We all know that they taste good; however, they are not the healthiest of choices. Our counsel tells us that. We look for ways to discount good judgment by telling ourselves that one bowl or one slice won’t hurt us that much. That’s using faulty judgment, which culminates in the command to act imprudently. However, if we apply good counsel and good Continue reading

Prudence’s Principle Workings – Part II of III

Judgment 2

How does judgment come into play in the prudent decision making process? Once counsel has advised the conscience, then judgment is made for an action. Judgment takes into consideration the intention and the circumstance of the act itself. In the example that we used in our last reflection of deciding whether to eat a healthy item or an unhealthy item, the prudent person would opt for a healthier item based upon the judgment that the healthier item was better suited for maintaining good health. In judging, the prudent person uses a right mind with an end goal of good health in mind to decide on the healthier item rather than the bowl of ice cream or the slice of pizza. Continue reading

Prudence’s Principle Workings – Part I of III

Counsel

What are Prudence’s principle workings? Prudence assists the individual in making a decision by using counsel, judgment and command. Today we will discuss counsel in detail, and cover judgment and command in the next two reflections respectively.

As noted in the Prudence at Work reflection, three things are considered with every decision: the act itself, the intention and the circumstances. Counsel addresses the means to the end (or the intention) and the circumstances. Counsel provides the conscience with advice as to whether or not the means to the desired end is morally appropriate. Saint Thomas Aquinas refers to the use of counsel as an act of inquiry, where the conscience solicits the advice of counsel in the decision-making process.1 Continue reading