ties between personal and family members -and even his own life. Why is that?
Just about everyone knows a friend or family member who gets carsick,
or even seasick in a bathtub (yes, really). Just about everyone has personally experienced motion sickness at one time or another. So what precautions do you take before you travel? You plan ahead, and bring the remedy with you that prevents and avoids the unpleasant misery.
Now, in today's gospel (Luke 14:25-33), Jesus knows what will happen to those people who rush into commitments without adequate preparation and planning. Even today, common sense tells us what will eventually happen if one rushes into a marriage, or if one volunteers to take on a major project without first doing serious detailed inspections as well as weighing up all the factors involved and the consequences of the planned decision.
So it is with a decision to become a true disciple of Jesus, an” Intentional” or “Deliberate” Disciple. Certainly to respond to His call, but this response also carries with it a responsibility. One must make a total commitment to make Jesus the centre of one's life. This is total dedication that will not permit anyone or anything to interfere with the journey with Jesus. Thus we hear his use of hyperbolic language (the use of exaggeration to express effect) about "hating family" and even one's life, to press home the point. This kind of life-changing decision is where the cardinal virtue of Prudence comes into play; it is both a natural and a supernatural remedy. It helps us to know what is right and what is wrong, what is to be desired and what is to be avoided. The supernatural virtue of prudence directs us to choose a wise and holy end in our actions.
KNOW YOUR CATECHISM!
Article 1806 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means, and the right time, of achieving it. So, the prudent man determines and directs his conduct in accordance with this judgment. With the help of this virtue we apply moral principles to particular cases without error and overcome doubts about the good to achieve and the evil to avoid.