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40. War

1. War, which is armed conflict between countries ornations, may be sometimes lawful and without sin. Three conditionsare necessary for a justified war: (a) it must be waged by lawfulpublic authority in defense of the common good; (b) it must bewaged for a just cause; (c) it must be waged with the rightintention, not vengefully nor to inflict harm.

2. It is not lawful for bishops and other clerics to fightin a war; such action is not in harmony with their place and theirduties.

3. Ambushes are strategems of war; they are part of thenormal conduct of war, and are not considered to be unfair tricks.Hence, if the war be just, strategems, including ambushes, are notwrong in themselves.

4. For the safeguarding of the common welfare, it islawful to carry on the acts of a just war, and to wage fights, ifneed be even on Sundays and holy days.

"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
St Philip Neri

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"Does our conduct correspond with our Faith?"
The Cure D'Ars

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