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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.

"God looks neither at long nor beautiful prayers, but at those that come from the heart."
The Cure D'Ars

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"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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"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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