affections

(Latin: ad; to; facere, to make)

Term used by writers on spiritual matters to denote emotions, dispositions, movements of the passions of love, desire, enjoyment of what is good, and of hatred, aversion, and disgust for what is evil. The training in virtue, devotion, asceticism, and mysticism in seminaries and novitiates is called school of the affections.

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