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Whether the Justification of the Ungodly is God’s Greatest Work?

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Collect: O God who created the earth and the sky from nothing, yet even more greatly redeemed us from our sin, bringing us into the Divine Life, grant that we may be always mindful of thy wonderous works, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Link: https://aquinas.cc/la/en/~ST.I-II.Q113.A9


Summary


In the Sed Contra, St. Thomas proves the proposition from three loci: scripture, the liturgy, and the fathers.


In the Respondeo, St. Thomas distinguishes between two ways that we say that a work is “great.” First, we call something great from the “mode of action.” Thus, to heal a small cut, instantly, without medicine is greater than to heal a broken leg with medicine. Second, we call something great on account of what is made from the action. In this way, to heal the broken leg with medicine is greater since the leg is more important than a small area of skin.

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