Why I am a Catholic
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(07-28-2011, 05:27 PM)StrictCatholicGirl Wrote: I don't understand .......

We often speak of "will" and "desire" as synonymous, but there is a significant difference between them.

We know (from Divine Revelation) that God desires that all be saved. However, we already know that not all are saved. We also know that when God "wills" something, it happens as a consequence of His omnipotence; nothing can frustrate His all-powerful will. So this means that what God desires is not the same as that which He wills. And if God "wills" that all be save, then no-one could be lost. But some are lost. Hence, we know that God does not "will" that all be saved. Therefore, we know that, while God desires all men be saved, God "wills" that some not be saved (or else He would save them).

If I am Catholic, it is not because anything that I have done (even the actions of my free will) merits being Catholic. It is because God has willed me to be Catholic by an act of His all-powerful will. Though He desires that all be Catholic, since we know that not all are Catholic, then He must will that some are not Catholic. So these persons who are not Catholic are not Catholic on account of God not willing that they be Catholic. Though He gives all sufficient grace to be Catholic, He only wills (as an act of His almighty power) those to be Catholic to whom He imparts efficacious grace; and God only imparts efficacious grace to those whose free will has cooperated with sufficient grace.

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