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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.

"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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"Let no one wear a mask, otherwise he will do ill; and if he has one, let him burn it."
St Philip Neri

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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