Friday, February 21, 2014

Increase your Catholic word power: Grace

"The Annunciation and Two Saints," Simone Martini 1333 AD

The Angel Gabriel addressed Mary as "Full of Grace"

According to the Modern Catholic Dictionary of the Servant of God Fr. John Hardon, SJ, my old teacher:

 "[g]race is the supernatural gift that God, of his free benevolence, bestows on rational creatures for their eternal salvation. The gifts of grace are essentially supernatural. . . . They are the indispensable means necessary to reach the beatific vision ....The essence of grace ... is its gratuity, since no creature has a right to the beatific vision, and its ... purpose is to lead one to eternal life."

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