Life in Christ
The children of our holy mother the Church rightly hope
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Justification includes the remission of sins, sanctifica
tion, and the renewal of the inner man.
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
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.
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
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.
Sanctifying grace makes us “pleasing to God.”
Charisms, special graces of the Holy Spirit, are
70 Cf. Council of Trent (1547): DS 1576.