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Actual grace


Actual grace is, in Roman Catholic theology, a share in God's life. It is contrasted with sanctifying grace, which is a state of being that can be permanent, in that it consists only in a passing influence of God on the soul.

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Google previewQuestions of Catholics answered (1938)

by W. Herbst

Actual grace is that help of God which enlightens our mind and moves our will to shun evil and do good. It is called actual because it aids us to perform supernatural acts and because it, being transient, does not abide in the soul like habitual ...

Google previewChrist and the Spirit (1994)

Spirit-christology in Trinitarian Perspective by Ralph Del Colle

Actual grace is a volitional enablement or other divine influence that is a product of uncreated grace and establishes an accidental entity that is a reinforcement of the union between Christ and the believer—an “accident” because it is truly ...

Google previewFundamentals of Catholicism, Vol 3 (2016)

by Fr. Kenneth Baker

Actual grace is a temporary help from God; it is wholly supernatural.

Google previewThe Masterworks of God: The Sacraments (2003)

by Albert Joseph Mary Shamon

Actual grace is a divine HELP enlightening the mind to avoid error and strengthening the will to act. Such help is needed because original sin darkened the ...

Google previewA Synopsis of the Moral Theology of Peter Dens as Prepared for the Use of Romish Seminaries and Students of Theology (1841)

by Pierre Dens

" " Actual grace is a certain divine, supernatural, transient assistance, exciting (us) to learn, will or do things ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Theology (1975)

A Concise Sacramentum Mundi by Karl Rahner

It is also a fact that down to the present day no agreement has been reached whether a supernatural elevating actual grace over and above habitual grace is necessary in a justified person for every saving action, or whether habitual grace in ...

Google previewCatholic Dictionary (2013)

An Abridged and Updated Edition of Modern Catholic Dictionary by John Hardon

ACTUAL GRACE. Temporary supernatural intervention by God to enlighten the mind or strengthen the will to perform supernatural actions that lead to heaven. Actual grace is therefore a transient divine assistance to enable man to obtain, ...

Google previewNelson's Dictionary of Christianity (2001)

The Authoritative Resource on the Christian World by George Kurian

grace, actual grace at meals grace, baptismal grace, cheap grace, cooperating grace, efficacious grace, habitual grace, illuminating grace, infused grace, irresistible grace of office grace, operating grace, prevenient grace, sacramental grace, ...

Google previewThe New Universal English Dictionary ... To which is added, a dictionary of cant words ... The fourth edition, carefully corrected by Mr. Buchanan, etc (1760)

by Nathan BAILEY

Actual GRACE, is that grace which is given to us by God, for the special performance of some particular good thing, as to enable us to resista temptation. Habr'mal GRACE, is that which refides flattdly in us, is fixed in the soul, and remains till ...

Google previewA Concise Dictionary of Theology

by by Gerald O’Collins, SJ, and Edward G. Farrugia, SJ

As distinguished from habitual grace, actual grace isthe effectofthe Holy Spirit in meeting a particular need or supporting a specific action. See Habit; Holiness; Holy Spirit. Grace, Systems of. Speculative attempts to explain howGod's absolute ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of World Religions (2006)

by Bruno Becchio, Johannes P. Schadé

God Himself; A actual grace is a transient help ot God which enlightens the mind and strengthens the will to do good and avoid evil. Grace is given to human beings through the merits of Jesus Christ and is communicated by the Holy Spirit.

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