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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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The Objects of Knowledge

Father Cassilly writes: “Blessed, then, be the Eternal Goodness of God, which has given to men the power to know and love. But knowing and loving are impossible without an object to rest in. The most perfect eye would be … Continue reading

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A World Without Conscience

In his book Endowments of Man, Archbishop Ullathorne considers what human society might be like if people did not possess a conscience: “That we may better understand the power of conscience, and what man would be without its light and … Continue reading

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