43. God gives us the Grace

  Introduction

    According to the Acts from the Apostles, it seems to be that the first city of Europe evangelized by St. Paul was Philippi. He stayed there some days, and “that Saturday we went outside, close to the river, where we thought it was the place to pray and while we were seated, we were talking to women who were gathered. A woman called Lydia, God-fearing, who worked in Purple, city of Thyatira, she was seated and listening to. God had opened his heart to attend to what Paul said…..She was baptized with all her family” (Acts 16, 134-15). God gave her the Grace of believing in Christ, whom Paul preached; he corresponded to the Grace and was baptized with his family. He must be the first person who converted to Christianity in Europe.

    The Grace is the great gift that God gives to reach eternal life. As St. Bernard says “Only we need the Grace”. In previous issues we have mentioned the Grace many times; we study it in a systematic way now.

  A. Answer with one of these words: Christ, Pedro, temporal and eternal.

 God gave Lydia the Grace of believing in

 Grace is a great gift that God gives to reach life






  Main ideas

1. Grace, an internal supernatural gift

   Because of original sin by our first parents, we all are born deprived of the grace that God had given them and their descendants freely. Human nature was also wounded and even with our strength we can’t fulfill it for a long time neither natural law. But, he pitied for us and for the merits of Jesus Christ, God gives and instills the wonderful gift of Grace in the soul. He gives it freely and without deserving it in order to reach eternal life in heaven.

2. Marvels of grace in the soul

   Grace is participation of the divine life. The soul receives the Grace of God, the same compared with the iron or coal in contact with fire: it gets into live red and acquires the properties of fire. The soul in grace is like a ruby in front of God; the sin has been destroyed, it doesn’t exist anymore, and the soul acquires a wonderful shine like a pure and clean fire, the same happens to the coal that loses its blackness and it becomes a wonderful golden ember. Now the soul has divine beauty, with the radiance of grace and the strength of this supernatural life.

3. Sanctifying grace, current grace

   God gives two kinds of grace: sanctifying or habitual grace and current grace.

    a) Sanctifying grace is what makes us righteous and holy, adopted sons of God and heirs of heaven; then we are temples of Holy Spirit and God dwells in the center of the soul. We receive it in the baptism and if we lose it by mortal sin, we can find it in the sacrament of penance. Being with the grace of God, all what we make –a lot, little, easy or difficult- have supernatural merit and it helps to get the sky, if we fulfill the other conditions: in life, with liberty, with good acts, addressed to God and accepted by him; we feel the acceptance and it is implicit in the state of grace.

    b) Current grace is the Grace that God enlightens the understanding and moves the will, as a help to do good –though it be hard- and avoid evil. The passage quoted from the Acts of the Apostles is an example of current grace that God gave Lydia in order to become to the faith of Jesus Christ. Other current graces are the contrition after sinning, purpose of being good, etc.

  B. Choose one of these answers: strengthened, wounded, human, divine, fire, water, current, permanent or sanctifying.

 By the original sin, human nature was

 Grace is participation of the nature

 Grace is compared with the iron or coal in contact with

 There are two kinds: habitual or sanctifying grace and the grace

 What makes us sons of God and heirs of heaven

 The transitory help to do good is grace

 We are temples of Holy Spirit and God dwells in the soul

 Which God gave Lydia in order to become to the faith


4. God gives the necessary grace to all people for salvation

   God gives the necessary grace to all people for salvation because “God wishes that all men be saved” (1 Timothy 2, 4). Who are condemned is because they haven’t corresponded to the grace of God that God gives them.

   God gives more grace to some more than others, it depends on God’s love and also, of our correspondence to grace. God give us more grace if we ask for it, if we receive the sacraments and if we follow his grace. It happens as in a family where the parents love their sons very much –they would give their life for their sons-, but also they treat each of them differently and appropriated for a good education and how the sons behave according to the orders and advices that parents give. Therefore it is very important we correspond to the grace of God, to each grace of God.

5. Means to grow in grace

   The Christian can’t only aspire to maintain the grace, but he must strive for increasing it. Increasing is a sign of vitality and also the grace –which is supernatural life- demands to grow. But we have to put the means that help to develop them: the pray, the sacraments and the good acts made with love. Particularly, when we receive the sacraments, we can grow in grace because it is the first step to begin, it develop itself or we can recover it if we have lost it, the grace of God. Consequently, the Christian life must be, by its own nature, life of confession and frequent communion.

6. A firm purpose: living always in grace of God

   The most precious thing that we have in the world is Grace. A thing is more important above all: living as sons of God; and only one thing is unacceptable: the sin, it means, to be separated from God, to die without his grace and to be lost in the hell eternally. As the classic says: “At the end of the day, who is saved, that man knows and who isn’t saved, that man doesn’t know anything”. Therefore we have to make a purpose of living always in grace of God, and increasing it more and more. If we have the misfortune of losing it by a mortal sin, we must confess as soon as possible in order to be in grace of God again (and to do always an act of contrition pretty soon with the intention of confessing).


Catechesis course. Don Jaime Pujol Balcells and Don jesús Sancho Bielsa. EUNSA. Navarra. 1982. With the permission of the authors. Curso de Catequesis. Don Jaime Pujol Balcells y Don Jesús Sancho Bielsa. EUNSA. Navarra. 1982. Con la autorización de los autores.


  C. Answer with one of these words: saved, have fun, commandments, sacraments, communión, humility, a lot, anything, Mary or God

 God wishes that all men be

 Grace is increased with the pray and the

 We grow in grace with the confession and the

 At the end of the day, who is saved, that man knows and who isn’t saved, that man doesn’t know

 A good purpose is always living in grace of


  Catechisms questions

1. ¿How many kinds of graces are there?  There are two kinds of grace: sanctifying grace and current grace.

2. ¿What is the sanctifying grace?  Habitual or sanctifying grace is a permanent supernatural gift which transforms the man into the son of God inwardly, a living member of the Church and heirs of heaven.

3. ¿What is the current grace?  Current grace is a transitory divine help that enlightens the understanding and moves the will, as a help to do good and avoid evil.

4. What are the main means to reach the Grace?  The main means to reach the grace are the pray and the sacraments.

  D. Choose the correct answer. Below are the possible answers:


 QUESTIONS

 ANSWERS

 ¿How many kinds of grace are there?

 ¿What is the sanctifying grace?

 ¿What is the current grace?

 ¿What are the main means to reach the grace?


 POSSIBLE ANSWERS

 A

 The pray and the sacraments

 B

 A transitory divine help that enlightens the understanding and moves the will, as a help to do good and avoid evil.

 C

 It is a permanent supernatural gift which transforms the man into the son of God inwardly, a living member of the Church and heirs of heaven.

 D

 Two: sanctifying grace and the current grace.


  Purposes of Christian Life

- Making a firm purpose of living always in grace of God; we have to see the Christian Life as a continuous growth in grace.

- Confessing as soon as possible if we have made a mortal sin; in the meantime, to do an act of contrition with the intention of confessing. (To see the sentences)



 
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