Of God and His Creatures

That not all Punishments nor all Rewards are Equal

AS there are degrees in virtuous actions and in sins (Chap. CXL), so there must be degrees of rewards and punishments: for so the equality of distributive justice requires, that unequal returns be made for unequal services.

Hence it is said: According to the measure of the sin shall also be the measure of the stripes (Deut. xxv, 2).

3.142 : Of the Difference and Order of Punishments
3.144 : Of the Punishment due to Mortal and Venial Sins respectively in regard to the Last End