Whats the difference between the virtue of Temperance and being luke warm?


Is being overly temperate also being luke warm?

As the Holy Spirit is not timid, yet we’re to admonish once or twice and then dust off our sandals; where is the balance between truth and peace?

Between action and waiting on the Lord?

Is there a rule of thumb?


Temperance, according to the CCC (1809)

Temperance is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides 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.

If you are referring to the passage in the Book of Revelaion on lukewarmedness

14To the angel of the church in Laodicea, 10 write this: " 'The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God’s creation, says this:
15 "I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. 11 I wish you were either cold or hot.
16 So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
17 For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

I think the two are closely related. If you do not cultivate the virtue of temperance, you will be ruled by your instincts and not attentive to your own blindness and wretchedness. I dont think God wants us to be temperate in our Faith or in our committment to others but temperate in our desires, especially for pleasurable things.


Thanks, thats helpful.

Perhaps I am thinking more along the lines of the difference between prudence and scrupulosity though. Assuming the later isn’t good.

Been having a feeling like the Lord is getting further away as I go through a change in state of life. If that makes any sense. :blush:

I guess I am seeking the balance between apostasy and scrupulosity as I prepare to undertake a new vocation.

Thanks again.


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