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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.

"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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