Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary: "to everyone who has, more will be given"

but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
-- Lk 19:11-28

Since the initiative belongs to God in the order of grace, no one can merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification, at the beginning of conversion. Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life. Even temporal goods like health and friendship can be merited in accordance with God's wisdom. These graces and goods are the object of Christian prayer. Prayer attends to the grace we need for meritorious actions.
-- CCC 2010

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