+JMJ+ Welcome to part 19 of our weekly series on the soul. We’re continuing our look at the idea of the four temperaments from a Catholic perspective with a video from Sensus Fidelium, a talk about how the temperaments relate to your predominant fault. At the end of this post there are links to more reading and a questionnaire to help you discover your own temperament.
Video from Sensus Fidelium: The Four Temperaments & How They Relate to Your Predominant Fault.
The following quotes are taken from Fr. Christian Kappes, The Four Temperaments. (See the second note below.)
“The saints and theologians of the past were always aware of the fact that one man’s salvation may be another’s damnation due to temperamental differences among persons when reacting to phenomena.”
“Catholic morality seeks the excellence of the person by means of exercising virtues (good habits) in order to embrace one’s calling to perfection and holiness, especially as attained through charity.”
“Within the spiritual tradition of the Church, souls can be generally classified according to temperaments (modes of being) that variously dispose their reaction to everyday life and experiences. The ability to apply these classifications to most souls permits them to receive direction and assistance in their journey toward moral perfection. It is important to remind the reader that the Catholic vision of morality is not a commandment-based morality. Our lives are not virtuous by outlining rules and rigorously keeping them. Catholic morality seeks the excellence of the person by means of exercising virtues (good habits) in order to em- brace one’s calling to perfection and holiness, especially as attained through charity. A minimalist goal of refraining from mortal sin will have disastrous consequences in the Catholic moral life, especially Catholic family life. The baptized are summoned by God to holiness, which is a creative activity of the soul, since she embraces freedom in order to accomplish that which is good.”
I’m just beginning to learn about the temperaments and how they relate to the spiritual life, so I’m staying out of the way and letting those who know more say more. I’ll close now and go watch the video and read and take notes.
Thank you for visiting and reading. I hope you find something useful here. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, please stay safe and well, and may the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+
Notes and Links
- Video from Sensus Fidelium: The Four Temperaments & How They Relate to Your Predominant Fault
- Fr. Christian Kappes’, The Four Temperaments, in PDF format, free.
- Fr. Conrad Hock: this is the Catholic book that most everyone cites, The Four Temperaments and the Spiritual Life. You can read it for free online or get a copy in Kindle format. (Reviews of the paperback version complained of many errors.)
- Read about the Four Temperaments online at Fish Eaters.
- Take the questionnaire to discover your temperament. Self-knowledge is an important part of spiritual growth.
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