Abstinence is not merely the avoidance of an activity. It is the discipline to not be mastered by the temptation.

Posted on December 6, 2013


Too often the term “abstinence” refers only to the external physical behavior. We must elevate this term and its cognates to something much richer, much deeper, and much more empowering. Mere avoidant passivity is incomplete and uninspiring. True abstinence requires an active self-regulatory grit, an inner strength … guts.

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