Why is faith or works needed after baptism?

Hello, thank you for reading this.:slight_smile:
I am somewhat confused on the doctrine of justification. I understand that humanity as a whole is redeemed by Christ’s sacrafice, and that Baptism(and the Sacraments) justify and forgive us in Christ, enplanting within us the unmerited gift of sanctifying grace by which we merit Heaven. We can only lose this sanctifying grace through mortal sin, so why are we required to commit works of love, and place faith in God, if we are already justified? Could not the arguement be made that after Baptism, one can live a life of pleasure and worldliness, as long as they do not lose the gift of sanctifying grace (even then, a quick trip to Confession would solve it.)Adding to my confusion, the Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks of meriting eternal life and sanctification once justified by sanctifying grace. If eternal life is merited by the individual through cooperation with God after the initial justification, what purpose then does justificaiton serve, if we have already been redeemed by Christ? Thanks again :blush:


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