In this 5th Grade lesson, you learn about grace. You will study the difference between sanctifying, sacramental, and actual grace.
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The Seven Sacraments Communion by Pietro Antonio Novelli, 1779
Grace is the supernatural gift that God gives us out of love for us. He doesn’t have to give us Grace, and we do not deserve or earn His Grace. He gives us Grace because He loves us and wants us to be with Him for all eternity in Heaven. Grace from God is better than anything you could ever get from anyone in your whole life, because Grace is what will lead you to Heaven if you cooperate with it.
There are two ways that God gives us Grace:
Sanctifying Grace is a stable gift that perfects our soul so that it is able to live with God. It stays in our soul and makes our soul holy. Sanctifying gives us a share in the life of God. It is interior (inside) Grace which lives in our soul and gives our soul supernatural life. We receive Sanctifying Grace through the Sacraments. We don’t deserve this Grace but God gives it to us freely so that we have a chance to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
Without Sanctifying Grace, our souls are ordinary and not appropriate for Heaven. The life of Christ within you is Sanctifying Grace. “Sanctifying” means “to make holy.” And grace is the dwelling of the Holy Spirit in your soul. Therefore, Sanctifying Grace makes you holy, as Christ is holy.
Actual Grace is the kind of Grace we get when we need it. We get Actual Grace when God intervenes in our lives to help us. Actual Grace is supernatural help from God. This Grace is external because it is outside of us. This grace gives us a boost of help from God when we need it. This Grace helps us grow in the Faith, make good decisions, and do the right thing. Actual Grace gives us the strength to do God’s Holy Will.
How do we receive God’s Grace? He gives us His Grace through the Sacraments. Jesus unites Himself to you in a special way through the Sacraments.
A Sacrament is a visible sign, instituted by Christ, to give Grace. Sacraments give us divine life.
There are seven Sacraments and each of them brings Christ to you.
You were first given the life of Grace at your Baptism. Baptism is our very first encounter with Sanctifying Grace. Baptism frees us from Original Sin. The priest pours water on your head and says, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The Blessed Trinity then came to dwell in your soul. This Divine presence will remain with you for as long as you live. The only way you can lose this Grace is i... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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