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OBEDIENTIAL POTENCY

The capacity to receive either a miraculous change or a supernatural perfection that exceeds the natural capacities of a being. Thus bread and wine are in obediential potency to be changed into the body and blood of Christ by transubstantiation.

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

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