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170. The Precepts of Temperance

1. The Ten Commandments are precepts of temperance inasmuch asthey make for moderation and right order in human conduct.Inspecial, the sixth and ninth commandments are precepts oftemperance, for they forbid inordinateness of sex in deed anddesire, and this is something directly pertinent to temperance.

2. The precepts of the virtues allied to temperance as itsparts are also found in the Decalogue. For, though theparts of temperance refer directly to a man's selfrather than to God and neighbor, as the Ten Commandments do, yettheir effects reach out to others, and this fact bringsthem under the preceptive force of the commandments. Thus anger,for instance, may lead to murder; pride may lead to the dishonoringof parents, and to sins directly against God. Thus the effects ofsins opposed to the parts of temperance may come under thecommandments directly.

"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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"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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