Tommy Rose

The Temperate Man Denies Himself for the Sake of Something Good

selfless self-preservation Lent is a time where the virtue of temperance gets lots of nods.  Philosopher Josef Pieper called temperance “selfless self-denial.”  This formulation helps us understand this virtue, because many people can be said to have denied themselves comfort or ease for the sake of something, but looking deeper that “something” is very often the self.  To …

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