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69. The Defendent in Court

1. The accused is bound to tell the truth exacted of himaccording to the forms of law. If he refuses to tell what he isobliged to tell, or ifhe lies, he sins, and sins gravely. Butif he is asked what he is under no duty to tell, he may withhold ananswer, evade the issue, or appeal it. But he is never permitted tolie.

2. Certainly, the accused person may not seek his escapeby calumnies, uttered against his accusers for the purpose ofdiscrediting them.

3. A man may justly appeal his case when he is convincedthat his cause is just, and that the case has not been, or will notbe, fairly decided. But a man who knows that his sentence is, orwill be just, and who appeals to occasion delay in having itpronounced, is not justified in making the appeal.

4. A man justly condemned to death may not lawfully seekto defend himself by using violence against his executioners. A manunjustly condemned may rightly resist execution by every means inhis power, provided his action does not work serious harm to thecommon good.

"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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