Prudence in Action

The Following of Christ

We should not believe everything people tell us or suggest to us. Rather, we should wisely and patiently weigh things and consider them before God. For human nature, unfortunately, is so weak that evil gets passed on more readily than what is good.

Virtuous and accomplished souls do not quickly believe what is reported to them, for they know that human weakness tends toward evil and falsehood.

It is great wisdom not to be hasty in one’s actions, and not to be too obstinate in holding one’s own opinion.

It is also a part of wisdom not to believe too quickly what people say, and not to relate thoughtlessly to others what one has heard.

Take advice of a wise and conscientious man. Prefer to be instructed by him rather than to follow your own opinion.

A good life makes a man wise God’s sight, and experienced in many things.

The more humble a man is in himself and the greater his submission to God, the wiser and more peaceful he will become in everything.

Geert Groote, 1340-1384, Brothers and Sisters of the Common Life, Deventer, Netherlands

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