The virtue of prudence is a divine gift that enables us to discern and make just and balanced decisions in all areas of life, including sharing our opinions as Catholics about current events. Prudence is a beacon that guides us through the turbulent waters of social media and helps us express Christ’s love and truth genuinely and respectfully.
When it comes to making comments about current events from a Catholic perspective, prudence is especially crucial. Prudence teaches us to carefully consider our words and actions, evaluating their impact on others and the community as a whole. It’s not about remaining silent out of fear or a lack of opinion, but about speaking with wisdom and discernment, avoiding hasty judgment and harsh criticism.
At times, it’s better to remain silent than to harshly judge our brothers and sisters in the faith. This doesn’t mean ignoring moral or theological issues that may arise in current events, but addressing them with humility and respect. Prudence warns us of the dangers of spiritual arrogance and a condemning attitude, reminding us that only God knows the hearts and intentions of people.
In circumstances where truth needs to be defended and error corrected, prudence guides us to choose the right words and opportune moments. Charity should always accompany our words and actions, reminding us that we are called to love even those we disagree with. Prudence allows us to express our opinions constructively and kindly, without falling into bitterness or animosity.
Prudence also alerts us to the importance of discerning the relevance and magnitude of current events in relation to our faith. Not all events deserve the same attention or response. Sometimes, it’s better to focus on prayer and personal reflection before making public comments.
Prudence calls us to find a balance between being brave witnesses of our faith and being respectful and charitable in our interactions. Following the example of Jesus, who was patient and compassionate with those in error, we can share the truth with love and humility.
Let us remember the passage from Matthew 18:15-17, where Jesus gives instructions on addressing conflicts and fraternal correction within the community:
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”
So, brothers and sisters, let us be prudent in our judgments, for we are all on this journey called life, prone to temptations and errors. Our words can be hurtful swords that might affect others who are struggling with doubts of faith. Let’s not become stumbling blocks for these little ones.
May prudence guide our words and actions, allowing us to be authentic disciples of Christ in a world that needs His light and love.