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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.

"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
St Philip Neri

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