Pathways to Community: Four Weeks on Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance (7 x 4: A Meditation a Day for a Span of Four Weeks) ("7x4") Kindle Edition
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I found the chapter on temperance striking in terms of today's culture of busy-ness, and excess. The daily meditations address the need for self-denial, silence, and asceticism. In the meditation on confronting impetuosity, Morneau writes of "active temperaments." He turns to Francis de Sales for advice on taming impulsiveness. Francis' guidelines include becoming accustomed to speaking gently, walking slowly, and doing everything quietly and in moderation. "In three or four years," Francis writes, "you will have regulated this hasty impulsiveness." He encourages the practice any time, anywhere, even when impetuous urges are not present. The closing question is about the tempo of our lives and how we handle our impulses. In prayer, we ask Jesus to "gentle our ways" and give us patience and moderation to discern and obey God's will.