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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.

"He who wishes to be perfectly obeyed, should give but few orders."
St Philip Neri

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"It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come."
Thomas á Kempis

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"We must not be behind time in doing good; for death will not be behind his time. "
St Phillip Neri

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