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The Grace of God
Hail Mary, Full of Grace
The Hail Mary (Latin: Ave Maria) is a traditional Scripture-based Christian prayer of praise for and petition to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since the sixteenth century, the Roman Catholic version of the prayer closes with an appeal for her intercession. In Catholic Latin Church, the prayer forms the basis of the Rosary and the Angelus prayers.
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
REFLECTIONby Fr. Clement D. Thibodeau
The Catholic Church teaches that by the grace of God we are transformed from a state of alienation from God to a state of righteousness with God. (The traditional words are: state of sin and state of grace.) We take each of these words seriously. Grace literally means gift. Now, a gift is never earned. If we work for a gift, it is no longer a gift; it is a wage. We truly believe that God has freely chosen to transform us from sinfulness to righteousness, not because we deserve it or have earned it but only because God chooses to do so for us out of love freely given.
We do not become right with God because of our actions, prayers, good deeds, penances, or through any other process that is ours. We become right with God only through the love of God given us because of the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior. The power of the death and resurrection of Christ is the basis of our salvation; nothing else.
To be right with God is called the state of Grace. We are in a condition of having been gifted by God. This gift given because of the merits of Jesus Christ consists in the very life of God created by God and imparted by God and abiding in us. At the very roots of our being,we have come to live in the power of the Holy Spirit and are able to do righteous acts. The state of grace makes it possible for us to do actions that are holy. Our behavior can be holy because holiness has been imparted to our very being.
Of course, we are still capable of sin if we deliberately choose to act contrary to the will of God. We can sin, but our humanness is not sinful in itself. By grace, we become partners with God in bringing God’s very holiness to all that we touch. We may choose to separate ourselves from the grace (gift) of God by deliberate and willful opposition to the will of God. We lose the state of grace when we choose to turn away from God in matters that are serious. Mortal sin is that kind of choice which repudiates God’s grace and leaves us “ungraced” or in a mortal or deadly condition. When we have lost the life of God in us which is grace, then we are dead or in a state of mortal sin.
At the very core of the Catholic tradition stands this belief and this teaching. God’s grace makes us good and acceptable to God. We are transformed by grace into holiness which comes from God. Holiness is not ours by nature. It is a gift from God, given and added to our humanness. The theologians say that grace perfects nature. The grace of God is not only very compatible with our human natures but actually brings our human nature to a sharing in the divine nature. Some Christians are very much opposed to this teaching.
See: The Catechism: # 1987-2029
ECHOING GOD'S WORD – © 2017 Rev. Clement D. Thibodeau (1932-2017); Adapted; Used with permission.
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