"Be as simple as doves, and as clever as serpents." Matt. 10:16

I. Prudence is the "charioteer of the virtues," the ability to discern what is good in particular situations and the best means of achieving it. "The prudent man looks where he is going." Prov. 14:15.

II. Prudence is aided by the other virtues, both insofar as they clear the mind for prudence and insofar as they enable one to carry out the actions that clear-headed reason determines.

III. The vices opposed to prudence can either involve the decision-making process or can be cleverness but oriented towards a wrongful end.