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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.

"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
St Philip Neri

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"Obedience is the true holocaust which we sacrifice to God on the altar of our hearts."
St Philip Neri

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"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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