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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.

"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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"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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