ADVICE MUST BE BASED ON
PRUDENCE AND JUSTICE
Nothing has greater effect in
gaining goodwill than giving advice; but none can trust it unless it rests
on justice and prudence. How conspicuous these two virtues were in Solomon
as shown by his well-known judgment.
Love, confidence and giving
advice makes one worthy of admiration. Confidence is given to those whose
advice is based on prudence and justice. One will only ask advice from one
who is wiser. No one will go to him who is less wise.
To whom must we give our
confidence? To him who has vigor of character and shines by his example. To
him who has learned well from his experiences. To him who can warn us of
immediate dangers. To him who can give relief, give advice on time and also
To such a man, we can entrust
our safety and our reputation; because he is just, we fear no deceit from
him; because he is prudent, we fear no error. But we entrust ourselves more
to a just man than to a merely prudent man. Ordinarily prudence exists
always with justice.
Solomon showed his justice and
prudence in that he entered into the mother's heart and saw by her choice
that she was the true mother. Before Solomon's wisdom the true mother's
feelings were laid bare.
Solomon's prayer was thus: he
asked for a prudent heart that he may judge with justice.
St. Ambrose, Duties of the
Clergy, Chapter VIII, Book II