Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




If Christ had not intended that we enter into his redemptive mystery there would have been no need for the sacrifice of the Last Supper. Had the situation been such that his redemptive act was to remain extrinsic to us, closed off in a self-contained completeness, then through his act of infinite satisfaction all would have been accomplished with a finality that requires no further act of insignificant man. But then man would not have been drawn into the stream of active redemption. Even had God in his divine plan condescended to restore a measure of dignity to man by allowing him to perform some small acts of satisfaction, it would have remained merely man's satisfaction. Though nothing could be added to the infinite sacrifice of Christ, God might have permitted man to perform some rite of sacrifice to add the obedience of his daily actions so that man could cooperate with the will of God and thereby receive the merits issuing from the redemptive mystery of Christ. In all of this, man's satisfaction would be completely separate from that of Christ.