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ELECTION

The act of choice or selection of suitable means to an end, made by an intelligent being. In biblical terms the divine election is God's choice of certain people for a given mission he wanted them to fulfill. Thus Paul was a "chosen instrument" (Acts 9:15), and all Christians "have been chosen" (I Thessalonians 1:4).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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