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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 name of Jesus, pronounced with reverence and affection, has a kind of power to soften the heart. "
St Philip Neri

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"Happy is the youth, because he has time before him to do good. "
St Philip Neri

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