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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.

"The one thing necessary which Jesus spoke of to Martha and Mary consists in hearing the word of God and living by it."
R. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

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"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God."
Thomas á Kempis

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