Friday, April 8, 2016

A-Z Challenge: Why I Love Being Catholic (G)

The challenge is on.  Write a post each day in April (minus Sundays) using the letters of the alphabet as your guide. 

The theme I have chosen is "Why I Love Being Catholic".    

Let's continue.... 


Definition:  There are two kinds of grace.
*Sanctifying Grace - a sharing in God's life; an indwelling of the Holy Trinity.  We receive this type of grace through the sacraments of the Catholic Church. ( I had to research that....I don't usually use words like "indwelling.")
*Actual grace - This grace does not abide in us, it acts on us. It is help from God.  I've heard it referred to as little "nudges."

Bible:  2 Corinthians 12:9  He said to me "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness."  I will rather boast most gladly of my weakness, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.

My mom's and my sister's name - Mary Grace
The Protestant hymn, Amazing Grace
Because I'm a child of the 80's...Grace Jones and Grace Slick.
The famous actress from Philadelphia who later became a princess....Grace Kelly

And the most relevant to this post....

My Catholic education---"A sacrament is an outward sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace."  That one is ingrained in my memory!

Grace makes us capable of living in God's love and of acting on the basis of this love.*

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*Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church.


  1. I once had a Protestant friend ask me how a person in the confessional receives grace even though they go in without contrition of the heart. Good question! The priest isn't a mind reader, but through the power of Christ, gives absolution. But God does know what is on our hearts, and if the penitent is not truly sorry for the right reason (contrite), the grace is not received. Love your challenge!!