"The good of the grace of one soul is greater than the good of the nature of the whole universe"
- St Thomas Aquinas Ia IIa, q.24, a. 3, ad 2

 
PREDESTINATION

by Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O. P.

 
INDEX 1 - Index 2 - Index 3 - Index 4 - Index 5
     
    Preface
     
    Translator's Preface
     
   

PART 1 - THE TEACHING OF THE CHURCH AND THE THEOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

     
Ch 1
  Predestination according to Scripture
   
Ch 2
  The teaching of the Church
   
   
Ch 3
  Difficulties of the problem
   
Ch 4
  Classification of the theological systems
   
Ch 5
  St Augustine and his first disciples
   
 

PART 2 - THE PRINCIPAL SOLUTIONS OF THE PROBLEM

   
 

Section 1: Predestination according to the scholars of the middle ages

   
Ch 1
  The theologians prior to St Thomas
   
Ch 2
  Doctrinal principles of St Thomas
   
Ch 3
  Predestination according to St Thomas
   
Ch 4
  Scriptural background for the teaching of St Thomas
   
Ch 5
  Views of the first Thomists
   
Ch 6
  The teaching of Duns Scotus
   
 

Section 2: Predestination according to the tenets of Protestantism and Jansenism

   
Ch 1
  Protestantism
   
Ch 2
  Baianism and Jansenism
   
 

Section 3: Predestination according to the teaching of the post-Tridentine theologians

   
Ch 1
  The theory advocated by Molina
   
Ch 2
  The congruism of St Robert Bellarmine and Suarez
   
Ch 3
  The congruism of the Sorbonne
   
Ch 4
  The teaching of the post-Tridentine Augustinians
   
Ch 5
  The teaching of the post-Tridentine Thomists
   
  Synthesis
   
Ch 1
  Definition of predestination
   
Ch 2
  The cause of predestination
   
Ch 3
  The motive for reprobation
   
Ch 4
  On the certainty of predestination
   
Ch 5
  Conclusion
     
   

PART 3 - GRACE AND ITS EFFICACY

     
Ch 1
  Efficacious grace and sufficient grace according to Scripture and the declarations of the Church
   
Ch 2
  The divine motion in general
   
Ch 3
  What physical premotion is not
   
Ch 4
  Physical premotion according to classic Thomism
   
Ch 5
  Conformity with the mind of St Thomas
   
Ch 6
  Ways in which physical premotion operates
   
Ch 7
  Arguments for physical premotion
   
Ch 8
  The divine motion and the freedom of our salutary acts
   
Ch 9
  The physical act of sin
   
Appendix 1
  Efficacious grace and salutary acts easy to perform
   
Appendix 2
  The opinion of Father Billot, S.J., on the divine motion
   
Appendix 3
  Some objections against premotion
   
Appendix 4
  Dr H. Schwamm's recent work
     
     
   
(This work was transcribed by "Alex". Say a prayer for him.)
     

 

"The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and his spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more."

St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "

St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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