Irresistible grace


#1

Is irresistible grace the teaching of the Catholic Church?

sources please,


#2

I’m only familiar with it as a Calvinist concept. And I have not had good luck getting it defined either. http://www.forumsextreme.com/imgs1/sSa_sadeyes.gif


#3

I found an article on it, but I have not had the chance to read it all yet.

newadvent.org/cathen/06710a.htm

It might help.

[EDIT] I found this in the article:

the Council of Trent (Sess. VI, cap. v, can. iv) describe efficacious grace as a grace which man “can reject”, and from which he “can dissent”? Consequently, the very same grace, which de facto is efficacious, might under other circumstances be inefficacious.

comments?


#4

After a cursory skim, it seems each mention of the word “irresistable” is usually preceded by NOT, as in “not irresistable.”


#5

The Council of Trent infallibly teaches grace is resistible. Further, the fact we see Christians turning to lives of sin the New Testament proves grace is resistible.


#6

Here is my understanding of the Catholic Church´s teachings on actual grace. As far as actual grace goes, there are two ¨kinds:¨ efficacious and sufficient.

¨Sufficient grace¨ is the actual grace that God gives us, sufficient enough to enable us to carry out a meritorious act, but we resist it or ignore it.

¨Efficacious grace¨ is that actual grace that we do act upon. No actual grace is completely irresistable, (although if God wanted to, He could make it so), but this ¨efficacious grace¨ is one that affects our will in a way that we freely comply with His will.

I hope I helped.


#7

Here´s where I´ve gotten my info on actual grace:

rosary-center.org/ll46n2.htm


#8

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