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79. The Quasi-Integral Parts of Justice

1. The quasi-integral parts of justice are the directivesinvolved in the exercise of justice, namely, "do good,"and "avoid evil." These directives of the natural lawindicate what is requisite for the act of justice. They aretherefore called "parts" or "quasi-parts" ofjusticeitself. Justice seeks equality of good between a manand God, a man and his neighbors as individuals, a man and hiscommunity. Now, "doing good" sets up this equality;"avoiding evil" saves the equality already set up.

2. Transgression violates the rule of "avoidevil." It is an act against a negative precept, a preceptwhich says, "Thou shalt not," or has the force of suchprohibition.

3. Omission violates the rule of "dogood." It is the failure to obey a positive precept.

4. Usually, it is easier to avoid evil than to stironeself to do good. Therefore, it is usually a graver sin totransgress than to omit, since one may, with the smaller effort,refrain from transgression.

"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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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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

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