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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 more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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"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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"Obedience is a short cut to perfection."
St Philip Neri

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