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143. The Parts of Temperance

1. The integral or quasi-integral parts of a virtue areconditions required by its nature as that virtue. There are twosuch integral partsof temperance: shamefacedness bywhich one recoils from the disgrace of intemperance, andhonesty by which one loves the beauty of temperance. Thesubjective parts of a virtue are its species, kinds, or types. Thesubjective parts of temperance are: abstinence, sobriety, chastity,purity. The potential parts of a virtue are other virtues alliedwith it or subordinate to it; these parts share the character ofthe virtue in question, yet they are not coextensive with it inscope, and they are not species or kinds of it. The potential partsof temperance are: continence, humility, meekness (or mildness),modesty.

"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."
Blessed Henry Suso

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"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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