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...to Isa. 37:23, "Whom hast thou reproached, and whom hast thou blasphemed, and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice?" and he replies: "Against the Holy One of Israel." In the second place comes derision of one's parents, wherefore it is written (Prov. 30:17): "The eye that mocketh at his father, and that despiseth the labor of his mother in bearing him, let the ravens of the brooks pick it out, and the young eagles eat it." Further, the derision of good persons is grievous, becauseHonor is the reward of virtue.and against this it is written (Job 12:4): "The simplicity of the just man is laughed to scorn." Such like derision does very much harm: because it turns men away from good deeds, according to Gregory (Moral. xx, 14), "Who when they perceive any good points appearing in the acts of others, directly pluck them up with the hand of a mischievous reviling."
Reply Obj. 1: Jesting implies nothing contrary to charity in relation to the person with whom one jests, but it may imply something... Cicero, Marcus T.
Excerpt from Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province · This quote is about honor · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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