Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas
XP: Treatise On Contrition
Q[12] Of Satisfaction, As To Its Nature
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We must now consider satisfaction; about which four things have to be considered: (1) Its nature; (2) Its possibility; (3) Its quality; (4) The means whereby man offers satisfaction to God.

Under the first head there are three points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether satisfaction is a virtue or an act of virtue?

A[2] Whether it is an act of justice?

A[3] Whether the definition of satisfaction contained in the text is suitable?