Tag Archives: Grace

Free Gifts

Grace (Latin gratia; Greek charis) is a gift. A gift is something gratuitously bestowed. The giver is free to offer the gift; the receiver is free to accept or to reject it. If either the giver or the receiver is … Continue reading

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Grace in Action

Pelagius (355-425) taught that we possess an inherent ability to overcome sin, perform good works, and merit our salvation; and he denied that divine grace is necessary for salvation. Pelagians believed that grace facilitates salvation, but that salvation does not … Continue reading

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The Universality and Inequality of Actual Grace

Father Geiermann concludes his discussion of the five properties of actual grace by elaborating upon the universality and inequality of actual grace. Concerning the universality of actual grace, he writes: “Grace is universal. God gives sufficient grace for salvation to … Continue reading

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The Gratuity and Efficacy of Actual Grace

Father Geiermann continues his discussion of the five properties of actual grace. We have read his comments on the necessity of actual grace. Now we read of the gratuity and efficacy of actual grace. Concerning the gratuity of actual grace, … Continue reading

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The Necessity of Actual Grace

Father Geiermann mentions five properties of actual grace: necessity, gratuity, efficacy, universality, and inequality. He says that actual grace is necessary for four reasons: First, “Man needs the light of grace to find the truth. Though he can learn many … Continue reading

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Actual Grace

Continuing his discussion of the transient assistance God gives us, Father Geiermann mentions the assistance of actual grace. “Actual grace is a virtuous impulse which God gives man to act in the supernatural order. . . . It illumines the … Continue reading

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Grace: Offer and Acceptance

Father Geiermann has these comments to make about God’s offering, and our accepting, grace: “All who sincerely desire to know and do God’s will, both in regard to the choice of their vocation and the particular obligations of their state … Continue reading

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