JUSTICE, BENEVOLENCE AND
Many are won by justice and
benevolence and courtesy, but all these must be sincere.
Unity and equality
strengthens empires, and injustice destroys them. How could wickedness hold
fast a kingdom when it cannot even rule over a single family.
There is need, therefore,
of the greatest kindness so that we may preserve not only the government of
affairs in general, but also the rights of individuals.
Benevolence is of the
greatest value, for it seeks to embrace all in its favour, to bind them to
itself by fulfilling duties and to pledge them to itself by its charm.
Courtesy of speech has
great effect in winning favour. But we want it to be sincere and sensible,
without flattery, lest flattery should disgrace the simplicity and purity of
We ought to be a pattern to
others not only in act but also in work, in purity and in faith. What we
wish to be thought of, such let us be; and let us show openly such feelings
as we have within us.
Let us not say an unjust
word in our heart which we think can be hid in silence, for He hears things
said in secret Who made things secret, and knows the secrets of the heart.
St. Ambrose, Duties of
the Clergy, Chap. XIX