Justice and the Gift of Piety

Justice. Is it about punishment or vengeance? Many would say “yes.” Jesus and the Church say “no.” Mystic and saint, Bridget of Sweden said, “the source of justice is not vengeance but charity.” As in love! And she was right! Richaél Lucero looks at the work of St. Thomas Aquinas to clarify the misunderstood virtue of justice. To show that it is rooted in love and for human flourishing. Plus the gift of the Holy Spirit that helps us to live the virtue of justice, piety.


Episodes referenced

virtues series

how to become more like Christ by cultivating the seven virtues in your life with the help of the Holy Spirit.

salvation history series

The story of God’s active presence in the history of humanity from Adam through Jesus and the eucharist.

scriptures referenced

To really grasp justice we can’t think with minds of this world.

…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2

The two greatest commandments sound a lot like the virtue of justice.

“…love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  ‘…your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 12:30-31

quotes referenced

Justice is about love/charity.

The source of justice is not vengeance but charity.

St. Bridget of Sweden

“..justice is love serving [that which they love] only the loved object…

St. Augustine, Of the Morals of the Catholic Church

The virtue of compassion on mad in today’s world

The ability to judge[ /know] and to GIVE to God and neighbor what is there due.

St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologia

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