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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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Suicide and Martyrdom

Some today admit the possibility that suicide can be a form of martyrdom. The Church, however, has always taught that suicide is wrong, and yet honors those who are martyred for professing the faith. In the following excerpt from his … Continue reading

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Freedom in Society

Archbishop Ullathorne in his book Endowments of Man enumerates three freedoms which individual human persons possess: “A man is corporally free in proportion to the space over which he can freely move. . . . He is mentally free in … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Gifts

Venerable Joseph Frassinetti states: “It is not necessary to practise the evangelical counsels in order to attain Christian perfection. . . . The angel of the schools, St. Thomas [Aquinas], only recognised as necessary for perfect sanctity the fulfilment of … Continue reading

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Elements of Mortal Sin

Cardinal Manning, commenting on St. John’s statement that “all iniquity is sin” (1 Jn 5:17), explains that “iniquity means all departure from the rectitude of God and of the law of God. Iniquity is inequality, or crookedness. Everything that is … Continue reading

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