In this 2nd Grade lesson, we learn of sacramental grace.
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Grace is a supernatural gift from God, who is all good. He doesn’t have to give us Grace, but He does 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. Sanctifying Grace gives us a share in the life of God. It is interior (inside) Grace which lives in our soul and makes it holy. We receive Sanctifying Grace through the Sacraments.
ACTUAL GRACE. 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 you grow in the Faith, make good decisions, and do the right thing.
How do we receive God’s Grace? He gives us His Grace through the Sacraments.
If you’ve ever been to a buffet restaurant, you know there is a lot to eat and drink. At a buffet you can eat all you want until you are full and happy. Being with God is like being at a great buffet. His “food” is the gift of Grace in the Sacraments.
Through the Sacraments Jesus comes to us to live inside of us. St. Paul said, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Each of the Sacraments brings Christ to us in a different way. The Sacraments are how Jesus gives you His life. He wants to “live in you” like He lived inside St. Paul. Grace makes you holy, just as Jesus is holy.
God gives us seven Sacraments to give us Grace.
Jesus first came to you when you were baptized. The priest poured water on your head and said, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The Grace from Baptism will be in your soul forever. Baptism takes away Original Sin and makes you a child of God.
In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus forgives your sins. Through the priest, Jesus absolves you from all of your sins.
In Holy Communion you receive Jesus in the bread and wine. Jesus will nourish your soul with the bread of life. You receive Jesus in the Eucharist and are nourished with the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ.
The Sacrament of Confirmation fulfills your baptismal promises. This time Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to make your... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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