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104. Judicial Directives of the Old Law

1. Man has the moral obligation of loving God and neighbor. Theceremonial precepts of the Old Law regulated man's moralobligationto God. The judicial precepts or directivesregulated man's moral obligation towards his neighbor. Thusboth ceremonies and judicial precepts were rooted in the morallaw.

2. The judicial directives were to regulate the conduct ofthe people according to justice and equity. Yet even thesedirectives had a prophetic aspect inasmuch as they were to preparethe way for the coming of the sun of justice and the daylight ofhis divinely equitable dealings with mankind.

3. The judicial precepts had the character of the Old Lawitself as "our pedagogue in Christ," that is, a teacherleading men to Christ. When the teacher has led men to Christ, heretires; his work is finished. Hence the judicial precepts of theOld Law were no longer in force after Christ came and founded hisChurch. All that remains of the Old Law is what it had of theeternal law and the natural law.

4. Judicial precepts of the Old Law were of four classes:precepts for rulers; precepts for citizens with respect to othercitizens; precepts for the treatment of strangers and foreigners;precepts for home life.

"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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"Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness is to fulfill, even in adversity, the will of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come."
Thomas á Kempis

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