Aside from justice and
prudence, there is a third element that wins the confidence of others as in
the case of Joseph, Daniel and Moses.
By the counsels of Moses, wars
were brought to an end; Daniel softened the character of the barbarians.
And this characteristic is
temperance or self-restraint in soul and body. Though enjoying royal
friendships, they sought not for gold nor counted the honour given them as
more precious than their Faith. For they were willing to endure danger for
the law of God rather than to be turned from their purpose in order to gain
the favour of men.
Joseph showed this in his
chastity wherewith he rejected the allurements of his mistress and refused
Here are people with fruitful
spirits and fertile minds who enriched the barrenness of their times with
the wealth of their counsels.
St. Ambrose, Duties of the
Clergy, Ch. XI