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99. The Precepts of the Old Law

1. The precepts of the Old Law have a single purpose, butthey concern various things.

2. In the Old Law we find moral precepts, for thelaw that is to bring man back to God must make man morallygood.

3. Besides moral precepts the Old Law containsceremonial prescriptions for giving expression toman's turning to God, by a common and fitting ceremonialworship.

4. Further, the Old Law contains certain judicialdirectives or precepts which regulate the conduct of theChosen People towards one another, towards strangers in theirmidst, and among those occupying different stations in life.

5. These three items make up the whole prescription of theOld Law: moral precepts, ceremonial laws, and judicialdirectives.

6. The Old Law disposed man for the Christiandispensation, that is, for the New Law, as the imperfect disposesfor the perfect. Hence, it was fitting that temporal rewards andpunishments were used to enforce the Old Law; such incentives suitman in his imperfect state.

"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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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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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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