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105. Reasons for the Judicial Precepts

1. The form of government established by divine law forthe Chosen People was partly monarchy, partly aristocracy, andpartly democracy. Moses and his successors governed as kings; therewere seventy elders to assist in the rule; these elders were raisedto their aristocratic status from the ranks of the people and bythe votes of the people.

2. The judicial precepts of the Old Law were admirablysuited to the people; they regulated acts and holdings in a justand effective way; they guarded the rights of individuals and ofsociety.

3. The judicial precepts of the Old Law made kind and justprovision for foreigners passing through the country or coming todwell in it. As regards hostile foreigners, the precepts requiredthat war be undertaken only after offers of peace and efforts tomaintain it; that once in war the people should persevere bravely,trusting in God; that after victory the people should be moderatein conduct, not vengeful or destructive.

4. As for home life, the precepts of the Old Law gavefitting directions to husband and wife, to parents and children, tomasters and servants, and to young couples about to marry.

"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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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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"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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