Are we assisted by God’s grace even if we aren’t in the state of grace?
Of course, the grace of God that gives us assistance - the grace that we must cooperate with to do good works is what we call “actual grace”.
But when we say “state of grace”, this refers to the state of justification, or the state of sanctifying grace.
The reason why I ask if we can be assited by God’s (actual) grace when we’re not in the state of (sanctifying) grace is because we can’t be further sanctified if we’re not in the state of sanctification - sanctifying grace - to begin with.
And we undergo the process santification when our soul encounters an increase of this “sanctifying grace” when we do good works, which are causes initially by God’s actual grace (since humans can’t do and good with out the help of God - his grace - his actual grace).
So, basically, it comes down to this:
And correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe I have the most of it correct. . .
If one must be in the state of grace to merit the graces of sanctification, and we merit these “graces of sanctification” (or santifying grace) by doing good works, but we can’t do good works without the help of God’s actual grace, than how can humans do **any good **at all outside of being in the state of grace? Because obviously you can’t be sanctified outside of the state of grace, and by doing good works, in essence, you are sanctified.