“Be simple as doves.” — St. Matt. 10:16.
“Prudence is necessary in order to be circumspect in our actions, and to know how to accommodate ourselves to the disposition of others; it unites itself with simplicity.” — St. Vincent de Paul.
This saint, who possessed the virtue of simplicity in so high a degree, regulated his actions in such a manner by prudence and charity to his neighbor that he succeeded in all he undertook. He was looked upon as the wisest man of his time, so much so that he was consulted as an oracle, and every one made it a law to follow his counsels.
Lord, give me the prudence of the serpent and the simplicity of the dove. Let Thy divine wisdom make me circumspect, and grant that in my words and actions there be no duplicity.