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GENERATION

In Catholic theology, the origin of a living being from a living being of its own kind or species. Most commonly applied to the conception of a human being. And in a transferred sense means the coming into being of a new substance or substantial form and especially the change of the lifeless into the living. Doctrinally the term "generation" refers to the origin of the second person of the Trinity from the Father. (Etym. Latin generare, to beget.)

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

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