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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.

"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "
Thomas á Kempis

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