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Obedience is not faith alone

Why did Isaac enjoy the favor of God? Was it because of his faith? He was a man of faith, to be sure (see Hebrews 11:20), but why did he enjoy God’s blessings? The book of Genesis offers two reasons

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Posted in Faith, Merit, Obedience, Saints, Sola Fide

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

Not by faith alone

Martin Luther famously had doubts about the canonicity of the epistle of St. James. This is because St. James rather clearly affirms that faith without works is dead faith, so that Luther’s notion of sola fide can only be maintained

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Posted in Apologetics, Justice, Justification, Merit, Protestantism, Sola Fide

The Catholic view of merit

Many (or most, or bunches of) Protestants have the false idea in their heads that the Catholic Church teaches we are saved by our works: that we can merit entrance into heaven somehow based upon something we do. This is

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Posted in Apologetics, Council of Trent, Merit, Vatican II

Merit, Grace, and Nature

Most Protestants erroneously assume that Catholics believe in salvation by works. I could not begin to enumerate all the different Catholic works that demonstrate the falsehood of the notion, but here is a quick and short one from St. Thomas

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

Seekers? Rewards?

For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. [Heb 11:6] But the Reformed claim that no one seeks God, and they deny that anyone could merit a reward

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Merit

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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