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Temperance is controlling our desires and wants in order to achieve a greater good and meet our life goals. Self-denial can be difficult today because our culture promotes indulgence and self gratification. It is a combination of moderation and self-control that permits us to live a rich and rewarding life filled with good things that really matter. Temperance can be challenging because it requires us to use self-discipline to limit – or even to deny ourselves – some pleasures.