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Catholic Word of the Day: EFFICIENT CAUSE, 03-25-15
| Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
Posted on 03/25/2015 9:44:33 AM PDT by Salvation
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An agent in the production of any effect. It is that which, by its activity or exercise of power, produces existence or change in another.
See Also: FINAL CAUSE, See Also: FIRST CAUSE, See Also: FORMAL CAUSE, See Also: FREE CAUSE, See Also: MATERIAL CAUSE, See Also: MORAL CAUSE, See Also: NECESSARY CAUSE, See Also: SECONDARY CAUSE, See Also: CAUSE
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I'm trying to think of an example: maybe just listening to someone.
posted on 03/25/2015 9:44:33 AM PDT
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posted on 03/25/2015 9:48:52 AM PDT
("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
I think it factors in, in St. Thomas Aquinas' proof of the existence of God, if I recall correctly, God being the Final, or Uncaused Cause. I was never very good at Aquinas, but our fellow FReeper by the same name was kind enough to give me a link to Aquinas Online.Aquinas Online, The Four Causes
If I make it to Heaven, St. Thomas Aquinas is someone I want to speak with, because in this life, he's still way over my head-and I'm over the hill! 👵
posted on 03/25/2015 10:13:59 AM PDT
(Because no word shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord...)
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