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92. The Effects of Law

1. The effect of law is to make men good. For law is anordinance of reason; it is the function of such ordinance to directmen, through virtue, to their true end. If, however, the intentionof the lawgiver is not to direct men to their true goal, the lawdoes not tend to make mengood simply; it tends tomake men good only in the sense that they conform well with theintention of the law. Hence, a tyrannous law that aims at herdingmen into servile obedience, tends to make men good slaves.But after all, a tyrannous law is not a true law, for it is not inline with reason; it is not truly an ordinance of reason.

2. Law seeks to obtain its effect by directing those bound byit, and its requirements are expressed in four ways: permission,command, prohibition, penalty.

"The name of Jesus, pronounced with reverence and affection, has a kind of power to soften the heart. "
St Philip Neri

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"The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and his spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"
Thomas á Kempis

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