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90. Adjuration

1. To "adjure" a person is to put him underoath, that is, to require an oath from him. Thus the high priestrequired our Lord to swear that He is the Christ (Matt. 26:63):"I adjure thee by the living God that thou tell us whetherthou art the Christ, the Son of God." Since it is lawful, ondue conditions, to swear, it cannot be unlawful, when occasionwarrants and jurisdiction exists, to demand an oath of another. Ina court of law, for example, a witness is lawfully adjured, thatis, he is required to swear before God that he will give full andtrue testimony.

2. It is a kind of adjuring to induce or commandanyone to do a thing in the name of God. In this sense, evilspirits are adjured in exorcisms.

3. Sometimes irrational creatures are adjured, but only inso far as they are instruments of rational creatures.

"Lord, here burn, here cut, and dry up in me all that hinders me from going to You, that You may spare me in eternity."
St Louis Bertrand

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

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"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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