Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Paraphrasing the Summa: First part, Question 3, article 8

Article 8. Whether God enters into the composition of other things?

Are creatures made from God's Being?

*This is a very powerful question which I submit to the authority of the Catholic Church for whatever the answer might be.  I, don't understand the question or St. Thomas' answer.
Objection 1. It seems that God enters into the composition of other things, for Dionysius says (Coel. Hier. iv): "The being of all things is that which is above being--the Godhead." But the being of all things enters into the composition of everything. Therefore God enters into the composition of other things.
God is said to be all-being.  In Him we live, move and are.  Therefore, creatures are made from God's Being.

Objection 2. Further, God is a form; for Augustine says (De Verb. Dom., [Serm. xxxviii) that, "the word of God, which is God, is an uncreated form." But a form is part of a compound. Therefore God is part of some compound.
In addition, God is a form.  But all forms are attached to substance.  Therefore, God is a compound.
*This one, in my opinion, fits better in the last set of objections (Question 3, Article 7).
Objection 3. Further, whatever things exist, in no way differing from each other, are the same. But God and primary matter exist, and in no way differ from each other. Therefore they are absolutely the same. But primary matter enters into the composition things. Therefore also does God. Proof of the minor--whatever things differ, they differ by some differences, and therefore must be composite. But God and primary matter are altogether simple. Therefore they nowise differ from each other.
*Primary matter is a philosophical concept which includes all material things.  If we ask, what are molecules made of, the answer would be, atoms.  If we ask, what are atoms made of, the answer would be electrons, protons and neutrons.  But what are those made of?  Quarks?  And what are those made of?  Primary matter.  

This objection equates Primary matter with God.  And says that everything is made from God's substance.
On the contrary, Dionysius says (Div. Nom. ii): "There can be no touching Him," i.e. God, "nor any other union with Him by mingling part with part."
St. Thomas quotes St. Dionysius saying that there is no way that a creature can even touch God, much less, mingle his substance with the Divine nature.
Further, the first cause rules all things without commingling with them, as the Philosopher says (De Causis).
And quotes Aristotle saying the same thing.
I answer that, On this point there have been three errors. Some have affirmed that God is the world-soul, as is clear from Augustine (De Civ. Dei vii, 6). This is practically the same as the opinion of those who assert that God is the soul of the highest heaven. Again, others have said that God is the formal principle of all things; and this was the theory of the Almaricians. The third error is that of David of Dinant, who most absurdly taught that God was primary matter. Now all these contain manifest untruth; since it is not possible for God to enter into the composition of anything, either as a formal or a material principle.
Then he makes reference to three errors explained by St. Augustine, wherein, some philosophers have described God as the soul of the universe.  But a soul is a combination of body and spirit.  And God has no substance, thus no body.  And therefore, God is not the soul of the universe.
First, because God is the first efficient cause. Now the efficient cause is not identical numerically with the form of the thing caused, but only specifically: for man begets man
First, God is the Creator.   The Creator should not be confused with the creature as though they were one entity.  As a human father begets a human son, they have the same nature.  But, individually, they are separate and should not be confused, they are different individuals.
But primary matter can be neither numerically nor specifically identical with an efficient cause; for the former is merely potential, while the latter is actual.
But primary matter is not the Creator.  It is a creature which was made by the Creator.  It is not the Maker or First Actor, but it is acted upon.
Secondly, because, since God is the first efficient cause, to act belongs to Him primarily and essentially. But that which enters into composition with anything does not act primarily and essentially, but rather the composite so acts; for the hand does not act, but the man by his hand; and, fire warms by its heat. Hence God cannot be part of a compound.
Second, God is the First Cause and by nature, active.  Creatures are compound of matter and spirit.  And they act, basically, because the spirit moves the matter.  As the spiritual soul moves the body in a human being.
Thirdly, because no part of a compound can be absolutely primal among beings--not even matter, nor form, though they are the primal parts of every compound.
Both the substance and the shape are the most important parts of any complex being.
For matter is merely potential; and potentiality is absolutely posterior to actuality, as is clear from the foregoing (3, 1):
Because substance is always at rest and therefore always secondary to that which activates it.
while a form which is part of a compound is a participated form;
While the shape of a substance serves only the purpose for which it is intended.
and as that which participates is posterior to that which is essential,
The only essential or necessary Being is God.  Therefore, he is making a reference to creatures, participated beings, being secondary to the only essential Being, God.
so likewise is that which is participated; as fire in ignited objects is posterior to fire that is essentially such. 
The only fire which we know that is eternal is God, the consuming fire (Heb 12:29).
Now it has been proved that God is absolutely primal being (2, 3).
Therefore, all creatures are secondary to God.
Reply to Objection 1. The Godhead is called the being of all things, as their efficient and exemplar cause, but not as being their essence.
St. Thomas says that although God is considered all being, He is such only as their Creator, not as part of their nature or substance.
Reply to Objection 2. The Word is an exemplar form; but not a form that is part of a compound.
All things are made in the image of God.  But not according to substance or matter.
Reply to Objection 3. Simple things do not differ by added differences--for this is the property of compounds. Thus man and horse differ by their differences, rational and irrational; which differences, however, do not differ from each other by other differences. Hence, to be quite accurate, it is better to say that they are, not different, but diverse. Hence, according to the Philosopher (Metaph. x), "things which are diverse are absolutely distinct, but things which are different differ by something." Therefore, strictly speaking, primary matter and God do not differ, but are by their very being, diverse. Hence it does not follow they are the same.
*I don't really get the distinction he is making between diverse and different.  But I do get the gist of the answer.

God is absolutely different from primal matter.  Primal matter is a physical substance and God is not made of any physical substance.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Priests for Life in the Media February 8 - February 15

Priests for Life in the Media
February 8 - February 15
The Gospel of Life on Radio Maria: Ethical drugs and vaccines
Airing: Tuesday, February 9 at 6 p.m. ET and rebroadcast on Thursday, February 11 at 2 a.m. ET and Monday, February 15 at midnight ET (11 p.m. CT Sunday). Go to radiomaria.us to listen online. 
Dr. Theresa Deisher, president of Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, will join Janet Morana and Father Frank Pavone for a discussion of how the life issue intersects with the development of vaccines and medicines.
Call in with your questions to 866-333-6279 or ask questions by emailing us ahead of time at info@gospeloflife.com
Shows are archived at PriestsForLife.org/RadioMaria and radiomaria.us/the-gospel-of-life.
Defending Life on EWTN: Sex-selection abortion in the USA
Airing on EWTN TV: Wednesday, February 10 at 2:30 a.m. ET and Thursday, February 11 at 11:00 p.m. ET.  Listen on EWTN Radio and EWTN shortwave on Sunday at 5 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Also on EWTN shortwave every Saturday at 6:30 p.m.  On EWTN RadioPlus Sunday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (All times Eastern) You can also stream EWTN online by going to EWTN.com and clicking on the "television" tab..
Women's Rights Without Frontiers Founder Reggie Littlejohn will talk about how China's one-child policy has led to a preference for sons in the United States among some immigrant groups.
For more information and details, go to DefendingLife.tv.
The Catholic View for Women on EWTN: Finding my vocation
Airing on EWTN TV: Wednesday, February 10 at 11:00 p.m. ET and Friday, February 12 at 10:30 a.m. ET.  You can also stream EWTN online by going to EWTN.com and clicking on the "television" tab.
Guests Mother Agnes Donovan of the Sisters of Life and Jackie Francois Angel offer practical advice for women trying to discern between marriage and the religious life.
Go to TheCatholicViewforWomen.com for more information.
Gospel of Life TV on NRB and SkyAngel
Watch on National Religious Broadcasters network (NRB), Wednesday, February 10 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The NRB Network is on DIRECTV, channel 378. Gospel of Life is archived on the NRB Network Roku channel for seven days from the original air date. Also airing on SkyAngel 2 on Friday, February 12 at 6 a.m. ET
This Week on NRB: Living Proof of the Link between Abortion and Breast Cancer
This Week's Topic on SkyAngel: Margaret Sanger & Planned Parenthood  - Guests: Angela Franks and Mark Crutcher, Life Dynamics
Special Appearances...
Hear us on EWTN radio on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo.  Fr. Frank will be on with Teresa on Wednesday, February 10 at 8:35 a.m. ET.  Call-in to the live show with questions at 877-573-7825. For more information and to listen to the live show on the internet, go to www.avemariaradio.net/hosts/teresa-tomeo/ .
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Many have died in the womb and never had the opportunity to sin

DRK:
can you prove that biblically ?
Yes.

Rom_3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom_5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned
You skipped one verse:
Romans 5:14
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Note that some died who had not sinned. And that remains the case as many have died in the womb and soon after, never having had the opportunity to sin. Therefore the Scripture is proven true.

Romans 3:23 and 5:12 are references to unbelievers. Scripture says:
Psalm 14:1
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

Mary was a sinner like every other human on earth.
Provide the verse that says that Mary sinned.

If you listening to a man to teach you bible that could be dangerous....
That depends on which man. We submit to, obey and follow the faith of our Rulers in the Church. Scripture tells us to do so: 
Hebrews 13:7
King James Version (KJV)
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

It is, however, dangerous to listen to Protestant teaching on Scripture.

Psa 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
We trust in the Lord, that is why we trust His servants:

Hebrews 13:17
King James Version (KJV)
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Why don't you?

Sincerely,
De Maria

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Paraphrasing the Summa: First part, Question 3, article 7

Article 7. Whether God is altogether simple?

 *This is not asking whether God is gullible or stupid.  It is asking whether God is complex or composed of various parts, like an organism.  So, we can phrase it differently.

Is God an organism?  Is God made of component parts?
Objection 1. It seems that God is not altogether simple. For whatever is from God must imitate Him. Thus from the first being are all beings; and from the first good is all good. But in the things which God has made, nothing is altogether simple. Therefore neither is God altogether simple.
The first objection says that since all things which God has made are evidence of God's existence.  They point to God and are somehow, like God.  And God has not made anything which does not have component parts.  Therefore, God must also be made of component parts.  So, God must be complex.
Objection 2. Further, whatever is best must be attributed to God. But with us that which is composite is better than that which is simple; thus, chemical compounds are better than simple elements, and animals than the parts that compose them. Therefore it cannot be said that God is altogether simple.
Simple organisms are considered the least of the creatures of earth.  Complex organisms, like humans, are considered higher beings in the evolutionary chain.  Therefore, since the best of all things is attributed to God, God must be the most complex Being of all.
On the contrary, Augustine says (De Trin. iv, 6,7): "God is truly and absolutely simple."
St. Thomas refers to St. Augustine who, in his book "on the Trinity", said, "God is truly and absolutely simple".
I answer that, The absolute simplicity of God may be shown in many ways.
He continues to say that God is lacking in any complexity whatsoever and this can be proven...
First, from the previous articles of this question. For there is neither composition of quantitative parts in God, since He is not a body; nor composition of matter and form; nor does His nature differ from His "suppositum"; nor His essence from His existence; neither is there in Him composition of genus and difference, nor of subject and accident. Therefore, it is clear that God is nowise composite, but is altogether simple.
In  Question 3, Article 2, we discussed that God has no substance.  We also discussed in the previous article (Question 3, Article 6) that God has no unnecessary properties (accidents).  Therefore, we know that God is not complex at all, but absolutely .
Secondly, because every composite is posterior to its component parts, and is dependent on them; but God is the first being, as shown above (Question 2, Article 3).
Second, all complex things are put together.  They depend upon their parts.  Therefore, their parts must precede them. But God is the First Cause and nothing precedes Him.
Thirdly, because every composite has a cause, for things in themselves different cannot unite unless something causes them to unite. But God is uncaused, as shown above (Question 2, Article 3), since He is the first efficient cause.
All complex things must be put together by an external force, they can't build themselves.  But God is the First Cause and Himself was not made or created by any other.
Fourthly, because in every composite there must be potentiality and actuality; but this does not apply to God; for either one of the parts actuates another, or at least all the parts are potential to the whole.
In complex creatures, one part moves another.  But God is not made of any parts and has no substance.  God is Spirit and Life.  God actuates everything else.
Fifthly, because nothing composite can be predicated of any single one of its parts.  And this is evident in a whole made up of dissimilar parts; for no part of a man is a man, nor any of the parts of the foot, a foot. 
The complex whole can not be predicted by one of its pieces or components.
* An example of this, might be a trunk.  Elephants have trunks.  But so do some mice, seals and other creatures, also have trunks.  So, we can't predict that an animal is an elephant simply because it has a trunk.
But in wholes made up of similar parts, although something which is predicated of the whole may be predicated of a part (as a part of the air is air, and a part of water, water),
But all parts of air are air and all parts of water are water.
nevertheless certain things are predicable of the whole which cannot be predicated of any of the parts; for instance, if the whole volume of water is two cubits, no part of it can be two cubits.
But if you take a cup of water from  a larger quantity, you can't tell whether the amount of the larger quantity.
Thus in every composite there is something which is not it itself.
So, you can't predict the whole from the part.
But, even if this could be said of whatever has a form, viz. that it has something which is not it itself, as in a white object there is something which does not belong to the essence of white; nevertheless in the form itself, there is nothing besides itself.
*What does he mean by, "even if this could be said of whatever has a form...?  That you can't predict the whole from the part?  God is a simple form, as St. Thomas said previously (Question 3, Article 6).

I think what he is doing is separating the substance from the form.  Therefore, he uses the example of a white object.  Now, in a previous article, he spoke of the form as the "goodness" of the object.  Or, as I paraphrased it, the "use" of the object (Question 3, Article 2, I answer that).

Therefore, he seems to be saying that, although the substance is constituted of parts, yet the whole was made for one purpose and all its components serve that one purpose.
And so, since God is absolute form, or rather absolute being, He can be in no way composite.
But God is a simple form.   He is not composite in anyway, so this is even more true of God.  If all parts of a composite being have only one form, then God, who is not composite and has no material, must only be one Form.
 Hilary implies this argument, when he says (De Trin. vii): "God, Who is strength, is not made up of things that are weak; nor is He Who is light, composed of things that are dim."
*I understand this better in the way St. Therese of Lisieux (Letters) said it.  She said that "God's justice is pure love and God's love is pure justice."  So, we can go on to understand that God's power is pure love and God's love is pure power.  Etc. etc.   God is not one part power, another part justice and another part love.  God doesn't love at one time and stop loving at another.   Even when we are being punished, God is loving us.  
Reply to Objection 1. Whatever is from God imitates Him, as caused things imitate the first cause. But it is of the essence of a thing to be in some sort composite; because at least its existence differs from its essence, as will be shown hereafter, (4, 3).
In Question 4, Article 3, St. Thomas will show that created things must, by nature, be composite.
Reply to Objection 2. With us composite things are better than simple things, because the perfections of created goodness cannot be found in one simple thing, but in many things. But the perfection of divine goodness is found in one simple thing (4, 1 and 6, 2).
Objection 2 said that composite things are more perfect than simple things.  St. Thomas counters that created things are made more perfect by additional improvements added to them.  But God's perfection is absolute.  Again, he will prove this in upcoming lessons. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Override President Obama’s veto and defund Planned Parenthood!

Call your member of Congress now to override President Obama’s
veto and defund Planned Parenthood!

February 1, 2016

Thanks to the efforts of pro-lifers such as yourself, the House of Representatives and Senate both passed H.R. 3762, the bill that would deny Planned Parenthood most of its federal funding and repeal key parts of Obamacare. 
Barack Obama, as expected from the most pro-abortion President in history, vetoed the measure.
But now we have another chance to have H.R. 3762 enacted into law!  The House of Representatives has scheduled a vote on Tuesday, February 2, to override the President’s veto.
You know from past Action Alerts that H.R. 3762 would redirect about $400 million in taxpayer money from Planned Parenthood to community health centers that do not deal in abortion.  It would also repeal major sections of Obamacare, the President’s health care system that has been both a boon to Planned Parenthood and an attack on religious liberty.
I won’t pretend that overriding the President’s veto will be easy.  Two-thirds of Congress must approve the veto override for it to be successful.  But the more votes cast in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood this year, the more pressure that there will be on next President and the next Congress to stop our forced financing of the nation’s biggest abortion business.
Please call your Congressional Representative to let him or her know that you want President Obama’s veto overridden and H.R. 3762 enacted into law.
We have never before come this close to defunding Planned Parenthood.  Please call now!
Sincerely,
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
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Priests for Life in the Media - February 1 - February 8




Below is our media schedule for the week but first see the press release I sent out today about our Supreme Court Case.
Blessings,

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

Supreme Court to Argue Priests for Life Case March 23 
Prayer Rally set in Front of Court
Priests for Life will be in the US Supreme Court for oral arguments on Wednesday, March 23 in the case of Priests for Life vs. HHS. On that day, Priests for Life will hold a prayer rally in front of the steps of the Supreme Court, and invites all who are in favor of life and religious freedom to join them.
There will be prayers, speeches, and educational talks regarding what is happening in this case, and various church leaders, politicians, Presidential candidates, and pro-life leaders are being invited to take part in the rally.
Leading up to the oral arguments, and then leading up to the decision which is expected in June, Priests for Life invites all to take part in the prayer campaign against the HHS mandate, found at www.PrayerCampaign.org.
Six other similar cases have been consolidated by the high court with the Priests for Life case. Among the unique elements of the Priests for Life case is the fact that the entire mission and purpose of the organization is to end abortion, while the HHS mandate tries to force the plaintiffs into helping the government expand abortion. Moreover, in the Priests for Life case, there are three personal plaintiffs in addition to the organization itself: Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morana, and the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Alveda King, who serves fulltime as Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life.
The Gospel of Life on Radio Maria: March for Life/Walk for Life
Airing: Tuesday, February 2 at 6 p.m. ET and rebroadcast on Thursday, February 4 at 2 a.m. ETand Monday, February 8 at midnight ET (11 p.m. CT Sunday). Go to radiomaria.us to listen online. 
Dug out from a blizzard named Jonas, Father Frank Pavone and Janet Morana recap the March for Life in D.C. and the Walk for Life in San Francisco.
Call in with your questions to 866-333-6279 or ask questions by emailing us ahead of time at info@gospeloflife.com
Shows are archived at PriestsForLife.org/RadioMaria and radiomaria.us/the-gospel-of-life.
Defending Life on EWTN: Graphic images are important
Airing on EWTN TV: Wednesday, February 3 at 2:30 a.m. ET and Thursday, February 4 at 11:00 p.m. ET.  Listen on EWTN Radio and EWTN shortwave on Sunday at 5 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Also on EWTN shortwave every Saturday at 6:30 p.m.  On EWTN RadioPlus Sunday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (All times Eastern) You can also stream EWTN online by going to EWTN.com and clicking on the "television" tab..
Father Stephen Imbarrato talks about the use of pictures of aborted babies and how vital they are in the fight against abortion. Also, a doctor discusses how abortion can physically harm women.
For more information and details, go to DefendingLife.tv.
The Catholic View for Women on EWTN: Beloved: Finding happiness in your marriage
Brand new show!
Airing on EWTN TV: Wednesday, February 3 at 11:00 p.m. ET and Friday, February 5 at 10:30 a.m. ET.  You can also stream EWTN online by going to EWTN.com and clicking on the "television" tab.
The co-hosts will talk about marriage, and how happily married couples are a great witness in today’s me-first culture. Also, Teresa Tomeo will introduce “Beloved” a marriage prep and enrichment program.
Go to TheCatholicViewforWomen.com for more information.
Gospel of Life TV on NRB and SkyAngel
Watch on National Religious Broadcasters network (NRB), Wednesday, February 3 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The NRB Network is on DIRECTV, channel 378. Gospel of Life is archived on the NRB Network Roku channel for seven days from the original air date. Also airing on SkyAngel 2 on Friday, February 5 at 6 a.m. ET
This Week on NRB: Our Media is the Streets
This Week's Topic on SkyAngel: Inside an Abortion Clinic with Guest: Mark Crutcher, Life Dynamics
Special Appearances...
Hear us on EWTN radio on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo.  Fr. Frank will be on with Teresa on Friday, February 5 at 8:35 a.m. ET.  Call-in to the live show with questions at 877-573-7825. For more information and to listen to the live show on the internet, go to www.avemariaradio.net/hosts/teresa-tomeo/ .
See additional radio and TV appearances of our team, and other programming details, on the online media schedule, and please spread the word!
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I agree with you, Bobbie

Jonah and the nature of Prophecy

You know the story of Jonah and Nineveh, right?  Jonah was commanded by God to warn Nineveh that, because of their wickedness, they had forty days to live.  At first, Jonah disobeyed but then Jonah obeyed God and warned the Ninevites of their impending doom.

Lo and behold, the Ninevites were scared straight!  They immediately put on sack cloth and ashes and repented of their sins, calling on the Lord to save them.  And the Lord did.

Let’s say it happened today

Let’s say that, instead of this happening 6000 years ago, in ancient Nineveh, it happened today.  Let’s say that a modern day Jonah were to appear and warn the world of impending doom.  And the world repented sufficiently so that the doom was averted.

Do you know what would happen?  

The headlines would read, “False prophet!  His prophecy didn’t come true!”  Yeah, that’s right.  Instead of thanking God for His great mercy shown upon the world, the world would turn upon the fellow that had warned them and thus saved them from impending doom.  

Well folks, it is happening today

There are several people out there, who feel called by God to warn people of impending suffering and perhaps doom.  Modern day Catholic Seers claim they have received warnings from God and they are passing them on to us.

I’ve seen several articles in Catholic circles, warning people not to take these alleged seers too seriously.   They say that these things generally don’t come true.  They fail to account for the reason why they haven’t come true in the past.  Because of God’s mercy towards His elect.

The Church tells us how to discern these prophecies

Prophecies which contradict the Teaching of the Church, should be disregarded.  But, these prophecies, as far as I see, are completely in line with Church Teaching and in fact, they instruct us to observe all Church Teaching and to be obedient to the Church. 

Year of Mercy 

Is it coincidental that these prophecies are supposed to come true in 2017 and 2016 is the Year of Mercy?  I doubt it.

We don’t want these prophecies to come true

I know I don’t.  I’m sure these Seers would tell you that neither you nor they want these prophecies to come true.  In order to avert these prophecies, we need to imitate the Ninevites.  We need to repent of our sins.  We need to call out to God.  We need to pray for His mercy.

That’s the whole purpose of the warnings, if they are from God.  It is because of His merciful love that He wants us to repent of our sins and turn to Him.  Otherwise, He wouldn’t send any warnings.

Whether you be Catholic, Protestant, Jew or whatever.  We need to unite before God.  We need to become one in love and call out for His mercy.  

What if these warnings are false?

Let’s hope they are false.  But that’s not going to stop me from turning to God more and more each day.  Because even if these warnings are false, I know that I’m not going to live forever.  Someday, I will die.  And I don’t know the day nor the hour.  Therefore, I want to be as perfect as God wills for me to be, on that day.

The point of this article


The Ninevites didn’t sit around examining Jonah’s message when he came around with his warning.  They recognized that it was true and they admitted their sins and cried out to God for mercy.  Look around.  We live in a world-wide Nineveh.  It’s time to put on sack cloth and ashes.  It’s time to cry out for God’s mercy, again.

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