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Catholic Word of the Day: JUSTIFYING GRACE, 02-14-13 ^ | 02-14-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 02/14/2013 8:35:10 AM PST by Salvation

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The grace by which a person is restored to God's friendship, either for the first time, as in baptism, or after baptism, as in the sacrament of penance.



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Lots of grace for all.
1 posted on 02/14/2013 8:35:18 AM PST by Salvation
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2 posted on 02/14/2013 8:40:07 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
There is no Justification of Grace in one sense.

Grace is something that God The Father, His Son and The Holy Ghost arranged for us from the beginning. We fell from the presence of God and are in no way eligible to ever again be worthy of that presence. Only because God loves us did He send His Son to come to earth and pay the price of our evil ways.

Christ paid for our sin because He loves us. Only because Christ paid our debt will we ever be allowed to be in the presence of God.

No matter what we ever do on this earth we cannot be good enough, pure enough, or clean enough to be worthy to sit in the presence of God. Christ was and is pure enough, good enough and clean enough to sit in the presence of God, He is perfect, because of this He was able to pay our debt because He had no debt. Christ only is “Justified” and because He paid our debt we will be able to again be in the presence of Christ and we will forever be “debtors” to Him because He paid our debt.

At least that is how I see it. This is only doctrine according to me. I am nobody, but, I feel that I have as much right to decide what the Bible means in my life as anyone else does for their life. I don't begrudge anybody elses interpretations and claim no private interpretation. What I believe I am willing to share with anyone, I just don't believe I have any special authority to make my beliefs bind anyone else.

I love The Lord Jesus Christ and have felt His presence in my life and know He lives. I have met others and have seen this love in their lives, it is good. I can never say bad things about someone whom I know loves The Lord. This why I get so upset when I read of people bashing someone elses faith. If you can see and feel the love of Christ in another person you should be glad for it. This is what my tagline is all about.

However anyone comes to this realization I hope everyone gets there.

3 posted on 02/14/2013 9:41:11 AM PST by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: JAKraig

Which aligns with and explains Our Lord's words,

"It is finished"

4 posted on 02/14/2013 9:56:58 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: JAKraig; knarf
Are you familiar with the Sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation? This is what is being talked about here. Not Christ's death on the Cross.

On Infant Baptism and the Complete Gratuity of Salvation
Parents: Don’t Delay Baptism for your Infants!
One Baptism for the Remission of Sins/The Sacrament of Baptism {Ecumenical thread)
Radio Replies Second Volume - The Sacraments [Baptism]
Baptism and Infant Baptism

"Baptism Now Saves You" - Nuts & Bolts - Tim Staples
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Baptism: Initiation and Regeneration
Are Catholics “Born Again?”
Baptizing infants, Pope speaks of 'adventure of being disciples'
Celebrate Your Birthday in the Church
Infant Baptism
Once a Catholic . . . (and part 2) . . . The Chicken's Questions
How Soon Should a Baby be Baptized?
Baptismal Complexes- The Sacrament of Baptism, Part 2
The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas BAPTISM
Beginning Catholic: The Sacrament of Baptism: Gateway to New Life [Ecumenical]

Converted Muslim Tells Story Behind Papal Baptism
What You [Catholics] Need to Know: Baptism [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
A Brief Catechism for Adults - Lesson 20: The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism and the Usus Antiquior (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)
Justified by Baptism (fallout from the Beckwith conversion grows)
The Million-Dollar Infant Baptism
Mystical Baptism and Limbo
The Early Church Fathers on Baptism - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus
A Critique of a Critique (On Baptism by Immersion)
Catholics, Reformed Christian Churches sign document recognizing common baptism

Cardinal Dolan: Confession is The Sacrament of New Evangelization
The Act of Perfect Contrition [Catholic Caucus]
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (as reflected by our relationship with God
Essays for Lent: Confession

Confession Questions From the Pew [Catholic Caucus] Introduction to 10 Part Series
Part 1 of 10: Sacrament of Penance, Jesus placed great value on forgiveness [Catholic Caucus]
Beginning Catholic: The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Rising Again to New Life [Ecumenical]
Why do I have to confess my sins to a priest?
Why do Catholics have to confess their sins to a priest instead of praying straight to God? [Ecu]
When did confession to a priest start? [Ecumenical]
Confession, Confession Everywhere (Cardinal Says Youth Day Is Reviving the Sacrament)
In One Church, Confession Makes a Comeback (Catholic Caucus)
Priests should encourage recovery of Sacrament of Reconciliation
A Gift That is Always in Season (Sacrament of Penance) Catholic Caucus

[Sacrament of] Confession
Make a Good Confession
Those in Mortal Sin Can't Go to Communion, Says Pope
Holy Week Recovers Celebration of Penance (at St. Peter's Basilica) - photos!
Reasons for Confession [Sacrament of Reconciliation]
Lesson 19: Confession (Part 1) BY FATHER ALTIER
Lesson 20: Confession (Part 2) BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER
Serious about God? Then get serious about confession
St. Ephraim the Syrian: On Repentance
What happened to confession – Changing mores reflective of use
Repentance and Confession - Introduction [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

The Spiritual and Psychological Value of Frequent Confession
Pick a sin, any sin (Confession gone awry)
The Early Church Fathers on Confession / Reconciliation - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus
Catholics called from the idiot box to confession
Benedict XVI Extols Sacrament of Penance - Says Priests Need to Make It a Priority
Confession’s Comeback
Priests say more Catholics returning to confession
Pope Hears Confessions of Youth
MESSAGE FOR ALL CATHOLICS (in preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday - April 15)
Salvation: Just click and confess

Get Thee To A Confessional! (beautiful insight for those who dread going to Confession)
Emerging Trends: The Return to the Confessional
Confessing to 'sins' is booming in America
What You [Catholics] Need to Know: Penance (Reconciliation, Confession) [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
A Comeback for Confession
MORTAL SIN and HOLY CONFESSION - The Antidote of Death
Thinking Inside the Box: An Attitude for Confession
Confessional Advice
The Epidemic and the Cure [The Sin of the World and the Sacrament of Reconciliation] (Confession)

5 posted on 02/14/2013 3:19:00 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
You provide so much for .. I don't know why.

I am saved by grace, not of myself (nor can I muster up or call down .. grace) .. not of works (or a work or any work (including baptism)


So no man can boast

God provides freely so that with childlike faith, we can come to Him and be saved

Festus cautioned Paul,

"As he spoke these things, and made his answer, Festus said with a loud voice: Paul, thou art beside thyself: much learning doth make thee mad. - Douay Rheims Bible"

I like and prefer the simpler way God has provided.

I was baptized that righteosness be fullfilled ... not to be saved.

I appreciate your hard work posting so much, but it is not needed

6 posted on 02/14/2013 4:17:19 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

So you can go out and kill your neighbor or have an abortion or embezzle money at your job or cheat on your spouse freely and you are still saved?

What nonsense to osas.

7 posted on 02/14/2013 9:24:24 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
If the Holy Spirit resides within, do YOU think you are "free" to do all that?

Is there no "conversion" with salvation and the indwelling of God in the form of the Holy Spirit?

You deny God and his saving power if you believe that.

Classic Jesuit argument.

8 posted on 02/15/2013 12:29:37 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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