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First of all, I'm going to clarify your question: By "ontological change" I'm going to assume the meaning represented in this blog article about how St. Thomas understood the ontological change happening within the Sacraments of Eucharist, Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Order. So your question is about whether there is similar ontological change within ...


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Human nature cannot be entirely destroyed by sin, and, as St. Thomas Aquinas writes in Summa Theologica III q. 89 a. 3, man can be restored to his former dignity by penance or even to a lesser, equal, or greater degree of virtue.


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