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95. Human Law

1. Man has an aptitude for virtue, but, since the fall, he hasalso a strong inclination to inordinate pleasure and a proneness toevil. Man requires training, especially when he is young, so thathe may avoid evil. And men who are evil need to be restrained. Bothhelpful training and suitable restraints must deal in some detailwith human actions. Hence, to promote the application andfulfillment of the natural law, human laws are framed.

2. True human laws are rooted in the natural law, for theyare derived from it, and they seek to apply it in specialsituations.

3. St. Isidore lists the qualities of human positive laws(that is, laws set forth in positive enactments of government) asfollows: "Law shall be virtuous, just, possible to nature,according to the customs of a country, suitable in place and time,necessary, useful, clearly expressed, framed for no private benefitbut for the common good of the people."

4. Human law as a reasoned general conclusion orderivation from the natural law appears in "the law ofnations" or international law. As applied in varioussituations within each nation, human law is called civillaw.

"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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"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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"It is well to choose some one good devotion, and to stick to it, and never to abandon it."
St Philip Neri

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