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Grace and Merit

Father Pegues discusses St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on grace, as presented in the saint’s Treatise On Grace (Summa Theologica I-II, 109-114). Father Pegues notes that laws help a person to live a virtuous life by avoiding a life of sin. … Continue reading

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The Divine Law

Father Pegues concludes his exposition of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on law by discussing a fourth type of law: the divine law. The divine law is “the law given to men by God who manifests Himself supernaturally. God gave this … Continue reading

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Human Laws

Father Pegues continues his exposition of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on law by discussing a third type of law: human laws. The first applications of the natural law concern (1) the perfecting of the individual, (2) the conservation of the … Continue reading

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The Natural Law

Father Pegues continues his exposition of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on law by discussing a second type of law: the natural law. The natural law is “that inborn light of man’s practical reason by which he is able to direct … Continue reading

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Four Types of Law

Father Thomas Pegues states that, in order to live a virtuous life by avoiding a life of sin, a person needs these exterior helps: “laws which direct him, and grace which helps him on his journey.” Here and in the … Continue reading

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Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Father Pegues continues his discussion of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on the virtues by mentioning the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. We have need of the three theological virtues and the four cardinal morals virtues in order to … Continue reading

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Degrees of Sin

Father Pegues continues his discussion of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on virtues and vices by distinguishing between mortal and venial sins. He writes: “A sin is more or less grave according as it is opposed to the degree of good … Continue reading

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