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More on Matthew 24

This morning I wrote about Mt. 24:42-51. It occurred to me almost as soon as I hit “Publish” that more could be said about the passage than I did in my brief remarks, and I’d like to do that now

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Posted in Charity, Faith, Obedience, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia

On Grace and Merit

It is not news to say that many Protestants claim that the Catholic Church teaches a form of salvation by merit in contrast to their own belief in salvation by grace. This claim about the Church’s teaching is of course

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Catechism, Sola Gratia, Summa Theologiae

Faith is a gift

Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by Him. (CCC 153) Heaven is beyond our reach. It is not a place on this earth so that we can walk, swim, drive, climb, or fly to it. It

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Posted in Aquinas - Theology, Faith, Sola Gratia

True Virtue

St. Teresa says this in Interior Castle, about the soul in mortal sin: While in a state like this the soul will find profit in nothing, and hence, being as it is in mortal sin, none of the good works

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Posted in Apologetics, Ascent of Mt Carmel, Merit, Sola Gratia

Perfectly Broken

How can you possibly expect to remain always in the same state of virtue when the angels in heaven and the first man in paradise failed to do so? (The Imitation of Christ) Speaking as a recovering perfectionist (if there

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Grace, grace, God’s grace

It has been a little while since I had anything to say about the fact that we are saved by grace alone. So I will just slip this little post in here to correct that. The Catechism teaches thus: It

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Posted in Apologetics, Catechism, Merit, Sola Gratia

Old Wives’ Tales Debunked

Our priest’s homily for this Sunday did not go according to the script that detractors may have expected. From one perspective this is completely unsurprising because Father extemporizes pretty regularly: he has notes but he rarely reads from them and

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Posted in Apologetics, Charity, Sola Gratia

The Catechism on Justification, Part 05

Today we will be considering Catechism sections 1992-1995, which further describe and define justification. Justification has been merited for us by the Passion of Christ who offered himself on the cross as a living victim, holy and pleasing to God,

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The Catechism on Justification, Part 04

In today’s episode we come to a part of the Catechism that teaches us about the effects of justification in our lives. Not only are we reconciled to God but when He receives us He gives us gifts, not unlike

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The Catechism on Justification, Part 03

In this episode of our continuing series on justification as explained in the CCC we come to §1989: The first work of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conversion, effecting justification in accordance with Jesus’ proclamation at the beginning

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