Temperance...ensures the will's mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is honorable. The temperate person directs the sensitive appetites toward what is good and maintains a healthy discretion.Reflection: The ancients spoke of "leisure with dignity," acknowledging the difficulty inherent in the human experience of fulfilling our desires without being controlled by them. Temperance controls and directs our freedom so that we can reach our full potential.
- CCC No. 1809
Prayer: Lord, strengthen us until we are stronger even than our own desires.
From: Day by Day with the Catechism (Catholic Book Publishing Corp., New York)