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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.

"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"It is well to choose some one good devotion, and to stick to it, and never to abandon it."
St Philip Neri

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"Obedience is a short cut to perfection."
St Philip Neri

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