If we don’t merit grace, then how come we can increase grace by the performance of good works?
According to the teaching of the Church, we are justifed by the justice and merits of Christ in such fashion that this becomes formally our own justice and holiness, then there must result an inequality of grace in individuals, and for two reasons: first, because according to the generosity of God or the receptive condition of the soul an unequal amount of grace is infused; then, also, **because the grace originally received can be increased by the performance of good works:bowdown2: ** (Trent, Sess. VI, cap. vii, can. xxiv). This possibility of increase in grace by good works, whence would follow its inequality in individuals, find its warrant in those Scriptural texts in which an increase of grace is either expressed or implied (Proverbs 4:18; Sirach 18:22; 2 Corinthians 9:10; Ephesians 4:7; 2 Peter 3:18; Revelation 22:11)
I thought we cannot merit grace. I thought grace cannot be merited; it proceeds solely from the love and mercy of God. Or am I confusing this with actual grace?:banghead:
I thought we cannot merit grace. I thought grace cannot be merited; it proceeds solely from the love and mercy of God. Or am I confusing this with actual grace?