[quote=Matt16_18]Of course. But we are born in bondage to sin, and God has to give us healing grace before we can ever use our free will to respond to God’s call to conversion. There is nothing wrong with praying for God to send healing grace to a person in need of that grace. Indeed, Jesus teaches that we should pray to be delivered from evil.
**Catechism of the Catholic Church
2001** The preparation of man for the reception of grace is already a work of grace. This latter is needed to arouse and sustain our collaboration in justification through faith, and in sanctification through charity. God brings to completion in us what he has begun, “since he who completes his work by cooperating with our will began by working so that we might will it:”[indent]
Indeed we also work, but we are only collaborating with God who works, for his mercy has gone before us. It has gone before us so that we may be healed, and follows us so that once healed, we may be given life; it goes before us so that we may be called, and follows us so that we may be glorified; it goes before us so that we may live devoutly, and follows us so that we may always live with God: for without him we can do nothing.[/indent]God does not ever violate our free will, and Catholics don’t pray for God to do what he would never do. Catholics are also not Calvinists.
The Calvinists believe that God arbitrarily forces irresistible grace upon a select few unwilling and totally depraved men and women, and these depraved men and women are forced by irresistible grace to become holy and righteous beings (the elect).
If you want to argue against the false doctrine of irresistible grace, then you have an argument with Calvinists, not Catholics.
Thanks for sticking with me on this… So, this prayer I assume would be futile, correct? :
“Please break my sister’s closed-mindedness so that she can see the truth”
This would mean that God would have to change her attitude and disposition, which would mean he would force her hand. Rather, she needs ot make the change?
Also, what about the words that i posted in my first post, “Faith of our fathers”. It says Mary’s prayers will bring England back to God… How so? It must happen in the heart of the individuals.
Mary can pray for God to send them grace, but the invdividuals must respond to that grace. In the end it is their decision to come back to God or not…
Sorry, I’m still trying to understand this… I hear people say, “I prayed and prayed that my mother would come back to the church and after years of praying she’s come back!” As if there prayers MADE their mother come back, or MADE God force himself on her… this would be a violation of free-will. how can such a prayer be effectacious?