So is Sanctifying Grace created or not created?
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Here's some of what the (old) Catholic Encyclopedia has to say:

...the person of the Holy Ghost cannot be poured out into our hearts (Romans 5:5), nor does it cleave to the soul as inherent justice (Trent, sess. VI, can. xi), nor can it be increased by good works (loc. cit., can. xxiv), and all this is apart from the fact that the justifying grace in Holy Writ is expressly termed a "gift [or grace] of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38; 10:45), and as the abiding seed of God (1 John 3:9). From this it follows that the grace must be as distinct from the Holy Ghost as the gift from the giver and the seed from the sower; consequently the Holy Spirit is our holiness, not by the holiness by which He Himself  is holy, but by that holiness by which He makes us holy.

Sanctifying grace is the supernatural created gift of the uncreated Holy Spirit who dwells within us.  It is the gift by which we ourselves (poor creatures) become holy and pleasing to God. 
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Re: So is Sanctifying Grace created or not created? - by purrky - 05-20-2009, 09:54 PM



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