Choose a topic from Part 2B:

159. Cruelty

1. Cruelty is hardness of heart which makes one willing toinflict injurious or excessive punishment. It is a vice whichdirectly opposes the virtue of clemency.

2. Cruelty differs from brutality or savagery in this:cruelty recognizes its victim as one truly deserving punishment andis excessive in inflicting it; savagery or brutality takes inhumanand even bestial delight in the torture it inflicts on a humanbeing, regardless of the guilt or innocence of its victim.

"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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