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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.

"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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