False prudence

Prudence would not be good if, under the necessary weighing of data, it hid the cowardice of not taking a risky decision, of avoiding facing a problem. The attitude of those who allow themselves to be carried away by human respects in the apostolate and let occasions pass them by, waiting for better ones that perhaps will never present themselves, is not prudent. St. Paul calls this false virtue prudence of the flesh. It is that which desires more reasons and arguments before the surrender that God asks of the soul; it is that which worries excessively about the future and uses it as an argument for not being generous in the present; it is that which always finds some reason not to make a decision that commits it completely.

Prudence is not a lack of courage for dedication and for God's undertakings; it is not the ability to seek lukewarm compromises or to justify with acceptable theories a remiss and negligent attitude. The Apostles did not act in this way. They sought at all times, with their weaknesses and sometimes with their fears, the path of a more rapid propagation of the doctrine of their Master, even though these paths sometimes led them to untold discomforts and tribulations, and even to martyrdom.

The life of following the Lord is made up of small and great follies, as happens in all true love. When the Lord asks more of us - and he always asks more of us - we cannot be held back by false prudence, the prudence of the world, by the judgment of those who do not feel called and who see everything with human eyes, and sometimes not even with human eyes, because they have a vision that is only earthly and earthbound. No man and no woman would have given themselves to God or would have started a supernatural enterprise with this prudence of the flesh. They would have always found arguments and "reasons" to say no, or to delay the answer to a more opportune time, which often means the same thing.

Jesus was branded a madman, and the most elementary caution would have been enough for him to escape death. Few formulas would have been enough for him to mitigate his doctrine and reach a compromise with the Pharisees, to present his doctrine on the Eucharist differently in the synagogue of Capernaum, where many abandoned him; few words would have been enough for him - He who was the eternal Wisdom - to obtain freedom when he was in Pilate's hands. Jesus was not prudent according to the world, but He was more prudent than the serpents, more prudent than men, more prudent than His enemies. With another kind of prudence. That has to be ours, even if at times men call us mad and imprudent for imitating him. Supernatural prudence points out to us at all times the quickest and most direct way to reach Christ..., accompanied by many friends, relatives, colleagues....

"Do you want to live holy audacity, to get God to act through you? -Have recourse to Mary, and she will accompany you along the path of humility, so that, in the face of what is impossible for the human mind, you will be able to respond with a "fiat! -that unites earth to Heaven".

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