Question 6, Article 6
by the prayers of the saints? 1.
|1.||Whatever can be helped can also be hindered, 2. and predestination cannot be hindered, therefore it cannot be helped by anything.|
|2.||If anything produces the same results whether or not you add something else to it, it is not helped by that something else. But predestination must produce its effect, since it cannot be falsified, whether or not any prayer is offered. Therefore predestination is not helped by prayers.|
|3.||Nothing eternal can be preceded by anything in time. But prayer happens in time, while predestination is eternal. Therefore prayer cannot precede predestination, and so it cannot help it.|
|4.||The members of the mystical body resemble the members of the natural body, as 1 Corinthians 12:12 makes clear. And in the natural body one member does not acquire its perfection by means of any other member; therefore the same thing must be true of the mystical body. But the members of the mystical body|