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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.

"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Happy is the youth, because he has time before him to do good. "
St Philip Neri

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