St. Augustine is called, rightly, the Doctor of Grace, for his great work against the Pelagians who practically denied the need of grace for salvation. Augustine showed very well our total dependence on God. The Eastern Fathers had not denied this, did not bring it out so well.
posted on 02/21/2007 6:02:02 AM PST
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posted on 02/21/2007 6:03:43 AM PST
("Above all gifts that Christ gives his beloved is that of overcoming self"St Francis Assisi)
Basic question: does God decide to predestine to heaven with or without looking at a man's merits or demerits?
Ping to read later
Fascinating article. The idea of God providing for those who He has seen doing His will and declaring reprobate those that refuse seems to be summed up here:
"For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away."
Devotion to the rosary is often called a "sign" of "predestination". Why? Because it is a grace given from God to desire this interaction with heaven on top of our required weekly devotion. If you're living as a faithful Catholic, God will heap grace upon grace upon our efforts to get to heaven - to those who have, more will be given. To those who walk away, who dispossess themselves of God's salvific grace, their path is clear. If they cut themselves out of the sacramental life, they have rejected the manna, and so, lose everything eternal - even what hea has will be taken away.
posted on 02/21/2007 8:20:24 AM PST
(Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna)
posted on 02/24/2007 10:45:37 AM PST
(†With God all things are possible.†)
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