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 Post subject: Is there a theological word for this?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 2:45 pm 
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Is there a technical or theological term for what is known collquially as 'willpower', or the ability to restrain one's desires for the sake of achieving a greater purpose? It has occured to me that, one of my biggest moral flaws is that I don't have alot of 'willpower' so I would like to do some spiritual reading on the topic and would like to know what topic to look under.

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The only thing I can think of is "perserverance" (perseverantia finalis) which really refers to dying in a state of sanctifying grace and which can't be done without the help of God's grace.

See [bible]Matt 10:22[/bible].


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There is also "fortitude", which is related to the idea of enduring difficulty. In addition, you might want to research things written about sloth, or "acedia" (which is not at all the same thing as laziness), to go about it from the other direction.


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or the ability to restrain one's desires for the sake of achieving a greater purpose?


Mortification.


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a theological word for this?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 5:18 pm 
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Is there a technical or theological term for what is known collquially as 'willpower', or the ability to restrain one's desires for the sake of achieving a greater purpose? It has occured to me that, one of my biggest moral flaws is that I don't have alot of 'willpower' so I would like to do some spiritual reading on the topic and would like to know what topic to look under.


One of the fruits of the spirit listed in Galations is "self-control".

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Among other things, the Saints recommend frequent mental prayer and meditation on death to increase your will power. Also meditating on how your sins made Christ suffer so much is also helpful.

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Uniformity with the Will of God by St. Alphonsus Liguori


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"Resolve" is what springs to my mind.


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On the secular side, FWIW, my wife is a therapist, and she specializes in motivational enchancement therapy.


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