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The natural drive for power, or the tendency to dominate the love object. Basic urge that needs to be sublimated by divine grace in order to grow in humility, which controls the drive for power, and in charity, which seeks to sacrifice self for the one who is loved.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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