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157. Clemency and Meekness

1. Clemency is the virtue which moderates the anger of asuperior in punishing, or passing sentence upon, one who is subjectto him. Meekness is the virtue which moderates anger in aperson's own soul. Therefore clemency and meekness are notidentical, although they appear very similar.

2. Moral virtues, or will-virtues, bring the appetitesunder the control of reason. It is clear that both clemency andmeekness are moral virtues.

3. Clemency and meekness are aligned with the virtue oftemperance, and are thus parts of that cardinalvirtue.

4. Moral virtues are not so great, in point of nobilityand excellence, as the theological virtues of supernatural faith,hope, and charity. Hence clemency and meekness are not the greatestof virtues. Nor are they so great as the virtues of prudence,justice, and fortitude.

"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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"Lord, here burn, here cut, and dry up in me all that hinders me from going to You, that You may spare me in eternity."
St Louis Bertrand

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"God has no need of men."
St Philip Neri

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