zcharry from another thread is apparently trying to derail a topic. Therefore, I decided to create a new thread concerning justification and grace.
The CCC states in 2010:
Since the initiative belongs to God in the order of grace, no one can merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification, at the beginning of conversion. Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life. Even temporal goods like health and friendship can be merited in accordance with God’s wisdom. These graces and goods are the object of Christian prayer. Prayer attends to the grace we need for meritorious actions.
Let us break this down.
The first sentence states, the initiative belongs to God in the order of grace, no one can merit the initial grace of forgiveness and justification at the beginning of conversion.
This statement does ring true. Because when you are converted, by your own you cannot merit the grace. Only by the Holy Spirit can we merit the grace of God. The Holy Spirit moves us. He gives us the charity, and a deep desire for eternal life. Graces are gain further if prayers is put into practice.
Justification is a process. It is not a one time event. That is why our Protestant friend here seem to take the word out of context because he believe it is a one time thing. It isn’t. When we convert we are move by the Holy Spirit to pray so that we may not fall into sin. Through prayer, we attend more graces. Prayer is a form of action that Christians must do.
Now let us look what grace means.
2003 Grace is first and foremost the gift of the Spirit who justifies and sanctifies us. But grace also includes the gifts that the Spirit grants us to associate us with his work, to enable us to collaborate in the salvation of others and in the growth of the Body of Christ, the Church. There are sacramental graces, gifts proper to the different sacraments. There are furthermore special graces, also called charisms after the Greek term used by St. Paul and meaning “favor,” “gratuitous gift,” "benefit."53 Whatever their character - sometimes it is extraordinary, such as the gift of miracles or of tongues - charisms are oriented toward sanctifying grace and are intended for the common good of the Church. They are at the service of charity which builds up the Church.54
Note the bold text that we must colloborate in the salvation of others…
Keep in mind these other CCC from the Catechism:
1987 The grace of the Holy Spirit has the power to justify us, that is, to cleanse us from our sins and to communicate to us “the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ” and through Baptism:34
But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves as dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.35
1988 Through the power of the Holy Spirit we take part in Christ’s Passion by dying to sin, and in his Resurrection by being born to a new life; we are members of his Body which is the Church, branches grafted onto the vine which is himself:36
[God] gave himself to us through his Spirit. By the participation of the Spirit, we become communicants in the divine nature. . . . For this reason, those in whom the Spirit dwells are divinized.37
If you look at the entire context read this:
There is no contradict of this teachings.
Fellow Catholic Apologists, I need your support.