Pardon without repentance negates justice

Mercy is also connected with justice. [St.] Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), a great teacher and scripture scholar, said that mercy “does not destroy justice, but is a certain kind of fulfillment of justice. ..Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; (and) justice without mercy is cruelty.” Pardon without repentance negates justice.

– Daily Reading & Meditation, Sunday (October 9): “He fell at Jesus’ feet giving thanks” | copyright (c) 2016 Servants of the Word, source:, author Don Schwager

(My emphasis)

Cf. Also St. Patrick Church, Honolulu, HI bulletin week of Sun Oct 9, 2016.