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80. The Potential Parts of Justice

1. The potential parts of justice are the virtues connected withjustice, that is, virtues which share the character of justice, butdo not perfectly conform with it in all respects. To illustrate:one such potential part of justice is the virtue of religion. Thisvirtue has the character of justice inasmuch as it renders to Godwhat is his due, but it cannot ever render all that is hisdue, and hence falls short of perfect justice. The potential partsof justice may be listed as follows: religion, piety, observance(that is, paying due honor and deference), gratitude, revenge (notevil revenge, but rather a compensation), truth,friendship, liberality, and epikeia or equity.

"The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and his spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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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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