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March Virtue: Temperance

Enjoying good things in a proper, balanced way.
 
“A sword maker must temper the steel of the blade through a process of heating and cooling at precise temperatures to make the sword hard and strong, but flexible. If the sword is not tempered correctly, the blade will be brittle and could snap off in a battle. We too need to be tempered, to practice moderation and balance in the things we touch, taste, see, hear, and smell so that we are ready for spiritual battle and always able to choose the true good, rather than being enslaved by or addicted to lesser goods.
 
Temperance is a virtue of moderation and balance. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that 'temperance is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides a balance in the use of created goods. It ensures the will's mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is honorable' (paragraph 1809). Temperance does not mean avoiding all pleasure, but having and using pleasant things in a way that is healthy, balanced, and consistent with what is good. Temperance guides to have neither tooo much, not too little of what we need and desire. The temperate person will be strong and flexible, like a perfectly tempered two-edged sword."
 
Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation of Nashville, Tennessee