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Category: Morality, Sacraments

GLOSSARY

Divine grace is a theological term present in many religions. It has been defined as the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impart strength to endure trial and resist temptation; and as an individual virtue or excellence of divine origin.

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actual, 2000, 2024
of Baptism, 1262-74, 1308
charisms as, 799, 951, 2003, 2024
death of Christ as a source of, 1407
definition and significance of, 1996-2000, 2003, 2005, 2017
dying in God’s, 1023, 1030
of final perseverance, 2016
freedom and, 1742, 2022
as a gift from Christ, 388, 957
as a gift from God, 35, 54, 1999, 2008
graces of state, 2004
habitual, 2000
of Holy Orders, 1585-89
Mary “full of grace,” 411, 490-91, 493, 722
merit and, 1708, 2008-09, 2011, 2025-27
New Law called the law of, 1972
original, 375-76, 399
prayer as a gift of, 2713, 2725
refusal and privation of, 412, 679, 1861
of the sacrament of Matrimony, 1615, 1641-42
sanctifying, 824, 1266, 1999, 2000, 2023-24
special, 1527, 2014
state of, 1310, 1319, 1415, 1861
virtue and, 1810-11, 2825
See also Life: new life as divine life

effects of
building up of the Church, 798
chastity, 2345
contrition, 1453
conversion, 1432, 1989
faith, 153-55, 158, 424, 684, 1098, 1102
filial adoption, 654, 1212, 2009
forgiveness of sins, 277, 1263, 1708, 1987, 1989, 2023
gift of the theological virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit, also the virtue of merit, 1266
good and holy life, 409, 1889, 2082, 2541
holiness, 824, 2023
justification, 1987, 1989, 1992, 2018-20
knowledge of the truth, 1960
new dignity, 1701
salvation and eternal life, 265, 836, 1697
union with Christ, 737

receiving
disposition for, 1446, 1848
preparation for, 2001, 2022
(see also Sacrament(s))

thanksgiving
Eucharist as, 1328, 1358, 1360
hallowing God’s name – i.e., recognizing it as holy, 2807
Holy Spirit who inspires, 1103
Jesus’ thanksgiving to the Father, 2603-04
life as, 2062
necessity of giving thanks to God, 224, 795, 983, 1167, 1333, 2781
occasions for giving thanks, 2638
prayer of, 1352, 1359-60, 2637-38


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