Virtue = Strength May 2024

Posted on May 6, 2024 by

As we enter the month of May, we rejoice at the beauty and glory of all of God’s creation.  We also honor May, the mother of Jesus and our mother in heaven. Chosen by God to bear His Son.

The virtue for May is temperance – self control

The virtue of Temperance, or Moderation, is the strength that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods.

From The Catechism of the Catholic Church #1809 Temperance … ensures the will’s mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is honorable.

“To live well is nothing other than to love God with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul and with all one’s efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance).” -St. Augustine Bishop, Father and Doctor of the Church


From The Catechism of the Catholic Church #1811

It is not easy for man, wounded by sin, to maintain moral balance. Christ’s gift of salvation offers us the grace necessary to persevere in the pursuit of the virtues.

“Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passions.” – St. Thomas Aquinas Doctor of the Church

The opposing vice is intemperance The weakness to not moderate nor restrain the attraction of pleasures and is not balanced in the use of created goods.

In Christ’s Peace

Daniel Minter President Assumption Catholic Schools

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