Frenetic Intemperance

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ISSUE BEING DISCUSSED FOR Monday, January 21st, 2013

Can you suggest more ways to avoid frenetic intemperance?
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  • John Horvat II

     Stay away from drugs. Frenzied minds and habits lead to frenzied consumption and economy.

  • Try calmly to live in the present moment.  This enables one to focus on the true significance and higher meaning of what we are doing now, in light of God’s plan for each one of us.   

  • Francis Slobodnik

    Besides the very excellent list of avoids here are some positives.  Seek the company and business relationships of those who are upright and honest, and who value family and principles over money.  Do things that counteract this frenetic intemperance such as read a good book to yourself and out loud to your family, attend a wholesome classical music concert or play, attend talks or lectures that stimulate thought and reflection.

    • Kevin Edwards

       Chickfila or HobbyLobby?

  • RaymondDrake

    1. Abandonment of all the wild fantasies on becoming a super-anything;2. Conducting an honest assessment of one’s situation: family, educational background, training, profession, and the difficulties and opportunities created by the general conditions of the country;
    3. Developing an appreciation for the true happiness that can be found (provided one searches for it) in one’s real (as opposed to fancied) situation (e.g. a special family get-together; family prayer; appreciating a home that has been in the family for generations; recounting good things accomplished and other vignettes from family history, etc.); 
    4. Holding on to this true and temperate happiness and developing it further, finding more and more aspects of this happiness to be found in the life God has given or allowed one to have;
    5. Being satisfied with and thanking God for this measure of happiness that He has given one; not envying others who received more; not despising those who received less.
    6. Understanding and accepting that this life will always have sorrows and sacrifice, but that Our Lord and His Blessed Mother endured them too, and will help one in the carrying of one’s daily cross, provided one prays;
    7. Plan with prudence and seriousness, then work diligently towards the gradual and proportional improvement of one’s situation, praying for temperance, strength and perseverance as one forges ahead.

  • 1. Keep Sacred what is Sacred, setting aside those things that have meaning, observing more than their material value indicates, not slandering those whom we have meaning full relations with.
    2. Avoid debt, pay your debts in full as readily as possible, only borrowing what you must. Work toward a position were you do not have any debts only borrowing for well planned and reasonable business ventures.  Set aside funds so you do not have to borrow for unexpected events.  Work and save for what you want.
    3. Keep the Sabbath and Holy days, if you miss it or must work set aside another day of the week for observance. Refrain from shopping, the internet and other routine activities, set aside ‘stuff’ you ‘have’ to do and ‘things’ that ‘need’ done. Enjoy some quite time.

    • Kevin Edwards

       Very good suggestions. 

  • MaryAnn

    I’d like to suggest that perhaps a greater appreciation of quality hand-made goods, which take skill, time and personal attention to detail, might be another way to combat frenetic intemperance. 

    Although it’s not practical for everybody make their own clothes or knit their own socks, I still think that learning a skill, and then applying it practically, gives a sense of value to even a simple item; which is then likely to be repaired, even handed down to the next generation. (As opposed to encouraging a “Throw it away and buy a new one” consumer mentality with mass produced goods.)  

  • Kevin Edwards

    Try not to buy stuff made in communist countries with slave labor unless urgently essential.

  • Mary Rose

    Review your life and establish orderly ways of doing things. Plan ahead and keep a schedule.

  • Richard Segerstrom

    As hard as it may seem, get rid of your television.  Do more with your family.  Read good books (not novels); preferably books on history (anything by William Thomas Walsh is good or on the Spanish reconquest is excellent). Begin to practice virtue intentionally.  DO NOT play computer games and be careful on the internet, there are lots of bad sites where immorality prevails (there are programs that will help keep you away from immoral sites).  Start practicing the ten commandments (many seem to think it is impossible, but if you make an attempt to try it, you may be supriosed how easy it is.).

  • Stop thinking about ourselves, our immediate comforts; what people think about us; how much fun, prestige or security we plan on having right now. 

    When we put ourselves at the center of everything, the world is unpside down.  Instead of setting things in order once again by putting God, His Glory and His Law at the center of everything, we chase material things that cannot make us happy. 

    This futile chasing is what induces frenetic intemperance in its many forms.

    Let’s start by putting things in order, and we’ll see how the pull of frenetic intemperance is substantially diminished.