How do Catholics understand works and salvation

This is posted so that I can understand what the Church teaches.

I do not want to start an argument.

I just want the official teaching on works and salvation.

If this sound immature, I apologize.

I just want what Trent or the Magisterium taught.

If possible, keep it simple.

THANKS!

The Catechism on: GRACE AND JUSTIFICATION

vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s1c3a2.htm

See also this commentary:

“Okay, which way is it, by Grace, by Faith, or by Works, that brings us into eternal salvation?”
thecatholictreasurechest.com/works.htm

Maybe this will help:

2008 The merit of man before God in the Christian life arises from the fact that God has freely chosen to associate man with the work of his grace. The fatherly action of God is first on his own initiative, and then follows man’s free acting through his collaboration, so that the merit of good works is to be attributed in the first place to the grace of God, then to the faithful. Man’s merit, moreover, itself is due to God, for his good actions proceed in Christ, from the predispositions and assistance given by the Holy Spirit.

vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s1c3a2.htm

Wow!

Thanks!

This is a great answer :slight_smile: :thumbsup: :smiley:

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