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Short argument for merit

He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor. [1 Corinthians 3:8] Yet God merely crowns the merits He gives us: What have you that you did not receive? [1

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Treasury of Merits

Some Protestants object that there is no basis for the Catholic doctrine of the treasury of merits of the saints (about which see here in the Catechism). But this doctrine is really in essence not different from the fact that

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Abraham’s Righteousness

God didn’t merely declare Abraham to be righteous. He actually made him righteous, and it was this actual righteousness that was fundamental to the promise God made to Isaac. And I will multiply thy seed like the stars of heaven:

Posted in Justification, Merit, Obedience, Scripture

St. Augustine on faith seeking understanding concerning evil

Having addressed the issue in book I, chapter I of On Free Choice of the Will as to whether we might possibly be induced in some way to do evil by forces external to us (whether by having been created

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Augustine – Justice requires punishment and reward

We have seen in a previous post that God’s justice requires that the evil He punishes must have been done willfully. In other words, man must have free will or he cannot justly be punished for his sins. It’s worth

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