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155. Continence

1. Perfect continence is complete abstention from allsexual pleasures. But continence, in a more strict and more usualmeaning of the word, is the steadfast resisting of sexualdesires,

2. Therefore, that person is continent who refuses tosurrender tothe allurements which strongly attract thepassions in the matter of sex.

3. Continence is the praiseworthy and virtuous stand ofthe will against lustful evil tendencies. It is a moral virtue,that is, a will-virtue.

4. Continence is regarded by some as a species oftemperance. In itself, it stands to temperance as imperfect toperfect. For temperance belongs to the person whose appetites arepositively ruled by reason, whereas continence is the stern controlof appetites that resist the rule of reason.

"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"God looks neither at long nor beautiful prayers, but at those that come from the heart."
The Cure D'Ars

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"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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