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63. Respect of Persons

1. Respect of persons is manifested in the bestowing of agood on one person and withholding it from another, not because thereceiver is qualified or worthy, but because he is this person-yourfriend, perhaps, or your relative, or one who can later confer afavor on you, or one whom you revere as rich or prominent. Respectof persons is an offense against distributive justice.

2. The sin of respect of persons may occur even withreference to spiritual things, as, for example, in ecclesiasticalappointments, in admitting children to First Communion, inattending the sick for spiritual ministration, etc.

3. Respect of persons appears in respect and honor paid tounworthy individuals or for unjust reasons, as, for example, inhonor paid to a man for the sole reason that he has money.

4. A judge who, in passing sentence, is hard upon commonmen and obsequious to the rich or the politically powerful, isguilty of the sin of respect of persons.

"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God."
Thomas á Kempis

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"Let persons in the world sanctify themselves in their own houses, for neither the court, professions, or labour, are any hindrance to the service of God."
St Philip Neri

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