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Temperance Matters...

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

    United States
    Temperance not only is undervalued but also misunderstood today. It does mean moderation, but not in a quantitative, mathematical sense. I could probably eat a dozen donuts, but that would be excessive. Yet not having any donuts would be excessive in the other direction, so I decide to eat only a half dozen. That’s a compromise, but not a temperate one!

    Temperance is not pleasure avoidance, even though Prohibition was brought about by the “temperance movement.” And temperance is not merely “sin avoidance,” namely the mere absence of serious sins of gluttony or lust.

    Temperance is all about living the good life. Here’s a textbook definition: Temperance moderates the attraction of sensual pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods.

    Temperance Matters...
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  2. heavenschild

    heavenschild Newbie

    This reminds me of something that actually happened in my life. My wife and I began drinking a glass of red wine once in a while because we heard that it was good for ones heart health. As time progressed, one glass turned into two glasses and sometimes three glasses causing me to feel the ill effects of it the next day. We continued to consume red wine on a regular basis telling ourselves it was good for our health.
    I am one who goes to confession on a regular basis and really make a genuine effort to recall every sin. After examining my conscience, I always ask the lord to show me anything I may have forgotten or need to confess. After doing this, I went to confession, confident that I would make a good confession.
    Later, while praying my penance, suddenly the word "Temperance" popped into my head. I knew right away that this word was from the Lord telling me in a gentle way, that I needed to limit the amount of wine that I was drinking.