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In the natural world, things grow, die, and decay. Is God’s creation imperfect, then? No, says St. Augustine: every created thing has its place in God’s great plan, and even its decay serves the larger purpose.
All natures that exist have a genus and species of their own, and a kind of internal harmony, and because of that they are certainly good. And when they are in the places assigned to them in the order of nature, they preserve the existence they have received.
Things - Existence - Change - Needs - Motions
Those things that have not been given everlasting existence change for better or worse to suit the needs and motions of those things the Creator’s law has made them serve. Thus, in the divine providence, they work toward the ultimate end of the government of the...
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