Today we are talking about Grace. I am sure we have all heard for the expression, “There but for the grace of God, go I”. It was originally said by John Bradford with regards to prisoners being led to their execution in the mid-sixteenth century. Some also say that St. Philip Neri said it. Regardless of who said or when, they are both speaking of God’s grace.
St. Faustina and Divine Mercy were the topics we briefly discussed yesterday, just in case you missed it. I will of course, have mercy on those who may have missed it.
What is it?
Grace is a gift. Period. Did you know there were two different kinds? Sanctifying grace and actual grace. Sanctifying grace dwells in your soul and makes your soul holy – or set apart. According to Catholic Culture, “it is called sanctifying grace because it makes holy those who possess the gift by giving them a participation in the divine life”.
Actual grace is granted by God to perform beneficial acts. For example, when you begin to feel guilty about something, and need to “get it off of your chest”. Suddenly you find yourself in the confessional, a therapists chair, or a friendly ear. It was God’s actual grace that got you there. Make sense? The thing about actual grace is that once you are moved to the confessional (in my personal example) that actual grace is gone. It’s done it’s job. For a deeper and more complete treatment on actual grace, head here.
Why did I choose to share this particular “G” with you?
Grace is given you whether you think you have it or not. Grace is a gift and it is important as Catholics to remember that God bestows it on you all the time, just when you need it and even when you think you don’t.
since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God;they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
It was God’s actual grace that got me to race over to a bookstore to buy a bible after never having read one. Ever. It is God’s sanctifying grace that sets me apart for Himself from the very beginning.
Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Come back tomorrow for to read all about my Catholic take on the letter H. I am blogging my way through the alphabet with others who are doing the same.
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