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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.

"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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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"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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