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Whether the Remission of Sins Ought to be Reckoned Amongst the Things Required for Justification?

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Collect: O God who brings about justification in us unto the remission of sins, infuse grace in us that we may detest sin and may love justice, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


In the Sed Contra, St. Thomas points to the fact that in order to explain what is necessary for a thing, we ought to explain its causes. Now, the final cause of justification is the remission of sins. Therefore, it ought to be reckoned as necessary.

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