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Jerry Merth wrote:

Hi, Mike —

I disagree with an answer I found on your web site.

As I recall, one article said that we are saved by grace. As far as I know, the Church still teaches that we are saved by the Blood of Jesus and through faith and good works.


  { Can I rebut one of your flawed replies that says we are saved by grace and not by faith and works? }

John replied:

Dear Jerry,

The Blood of Jesus Christ is Grace. Faith and good works proceed from Grace. When we are baptized, we receive sanctifying Grace.

It is Grace which allows us to do good works, which prompts us to do good works and, as we do good works, we add to the quality of our justification.

It is Grace which causes us to repent when we fall into sin. When we go to Confession, we once again receive sanctifying Grace.

If we want to be technical, we are saved by Grace and justified by faith and good works done in response to Grace.

Nevertheless, Salvation is a complete act of Christ from beginning to end and it requires our free will cooperation. By the way, our free will, which is the ability to positively respond to Grace,
is also a Grace.

You might want to read St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas.

Under His Mercy,

John DiMascio

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