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Do Not Delay Conversion

Taken from Medulla S. Thomae Aquinatis which arranges various short texts from St. Thomas Aquinas' corpus based on the liturgical year. I will be posting the day's meditation each day and will be bringing it into print once I'm through it.

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February 13th

Do Not Delay Conversion

Be at agreement with thy adversary betimes, whilst thou art in the way with him: lest perhaps the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. (Matthew 5:25)

I. Our adversary is God. I abhor the wicked. (Exod. 23:7) Or the Word of God, which opposes those who will to sin, All scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice. (2 Tim. 3:16) Or a remorseful conscience, I will reprove thee, and set before thy face. (Ps. 49:21) And so, it is explained in all these ways.

Therefore be at agreement with thy adversary, that is, God and His Word in which it is necessary to hope in the promises, to fear the punishments, to do the commandments, and avoid that which is not permitted. Whilst thou art in the way with him, t