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120. Equity

1. Equity, sometimes called by the Greek termepikeia, interprets the mind of the lawgiver as to thefact and extent of the law's application in a particular case.Laws have to be general; they cannot express details of everypossible case that may in any manner fall under their direction.Lawgivers have their mind and intention on what ordinarily happens.Therefore, in an extraordinary case, the law, which regularly worksfor good, may impose an evil. It is the part of prudence andjustice to interpret the true meaning of the law as touchingextraordinary individual cases, and to discover the spiritof the law when the letter is of dubious or evilapplication. Such interpreting and applying of law are done byepikeia or equity.

2. Epikeia or equity is a virtue. It is apart of the virtue of justice.

"A tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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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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