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PERFECTION

That in which nothing is lacking which, according to its nature, it should possess. That is absolutely perfect, which in itself has all possible excellence and excludes all deficiencies. Only God is absolutely perfect. That is absolutely perfect. That is relatively perfect which has a finite nature and possesses all the advantages corresponding to its nature. the Church teaches that God is infinite in every perfection. Creatures are as perfect as they are like God, and moral perfection consists in becoming like Christ, who is infinite God in human form.

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

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