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Life in Christ

489

2016

The children of our holy mother the Church rightly hope

for

the grace of final perseverance and the recompense

of God their

Father for the good works accomplished with his grace in com­

munion with Jesus.

70

Keeping the same rule of life, believers share

the “blessed hope” of those whom the divine mercy gathers into

the “holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from

God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

71

IN BRIEF

2017

The grace of the Holy Spirit confers upon us the righ­

teousness of God. Uniting us by faith and Baptism to

the Passion and Resurrection of Christ, the Spirit

makes us sharers in his life.

2018

Like conversion, justification has two aspects. Moved by

grace, man turns towardGod and away from sin, and so

accepts forgiveness and righteousness from on high.

2019

Justification includes the remission of sins, sanctifica­

tion, and the renewal of the inner man.

2020

Justification has been merited for us by the Passion of

Christ. It is granted us through Baptism. It conforms us

to the righteousness of God, who justifies us. It has for

its goal the glory of God and of Christ, and the gift of

eternal life. It is the most excellent work of God’s

mercy.

2021

Grace is the help God gives us to respond to our

vocation of becoming his adopted sons. It introduces

us into the intimacy of the Trinitarian life.

2022

The divine initiative in the work of grace precedes, pre­

pares, and elicits the free response of man. Grace re­

sponds to the deepest yearnings of human freedom,

calls freedom to cooperate with it, and perfects

freedom.

2023

Sanctifying grace is the gratuitous gift of his life that

God makes to us; it is infused by the Holy Spirit into

the soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it.

2024

Sanctifying grace makes us “pleasing to God.”

Charisms, special graces of the Holy Spirit, are

70 Cf. Council of Trent (1547): DS 1576.

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Rev

21:2.

162, 1821

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