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- n. Apostrophe.
For other cases, there was the aversio, a formula uttered to ward off the evil invoked by stating a possible misfortune.
Aquinas declared: sin is essentially aversio, man's turn - ing or straying from the immutable Good to some mutable good.
Consequently the privation of this grace, even without any other act, would be a stain, a moral deformity, a turning away from God, aversio a Deo, and this character is not found in any other effect of the fault of Adam.
Et haec quidem est vera poenitentia, sincera nimirum ad Deum et omne bonum conversio, sedula vero a diabolo et ab omni malo aversio.
For in sin the creature quits his hold of God, and seeks to shift for himself, to find his happiness within the centre of his own endeavours, totally departing and apostatizing from God; for sin is properly defined, aversio a Creatore ad creaturam.
John Paul II describes the process as follows: "Man also knows, through painful experience, that by a conscious and free act of the will he can change course and go in a direction opposed to God's will, separating himself from God (" aversio a Deo "), rejecting loving communion with Him, detaching himself from the life-principle which God is, and consequently choosing" death "