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75. Injustice in Words: Derision

1. Derision is "making fun of a person." It is"laughing a person to scorn." In its serious form, thatis, when it is not a mere bit of banter, or a light joke, it seeksto shame a man.

2. Derision, when it is a jest or half-jest, may be only aslight offense and a venial sin, or perhaps no sin at all. But inits full character, as a serious and unjust attempt to bring shameon a person, derision is a mortal sin. It seems that derision, as agrave sin, is more evil than reviling.

"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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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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"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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