Justice of the Soul

Justice is the virtue of the soul as a whole.  ~ Plato  ~

Justice respects the rights of others, whether those rights are natural (the right to life, and the right to worship God and to do what is necessary to save our souls) or legal.  Justice, according to Saint Thomas,  is concerned with the will. As Fr. John A. Hardon notes in his Modern Catholic Dictionary, it is “the constant and permanent determination to give everyone his or her rightful due.” We say that “justice is blind,” because it should not matter what we think of a particular person. If we owe him a debt, we must repay exactly what we owe.

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