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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.

"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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