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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    of the Church through the lives of so many saints 67 2014 Spiritual progress tends toward ever more intimate union with Christ This union is called mystical because it participates in the mystery of Christ through the sacraments the holy mysteries and in him in the mystery of the Holy Trinity God calls us all to this intimate union with him even if the special graces or extraordinary signs of this mystical life are granted only to some for the sake of manifesting the gratuitous gift given to all 2015 The way of perfection passes by way of the Cross There is no holiness without renunciation and spiritual battle 68 Spiritual progress entails the ascesis and mortification that gradually lead to living in the peace and joy of the Beatitudes He who climbs never stops going from beginning to beginning through beginnings that have no end He never stops desiring what he already knows 69 2016 The children of our holy mother the Church rightly hope for the grace of final perseverance and the recompense of God their Father for the good works accomplished with his grace in communion with Jesus 70 Keeping the same rule of life believers share the blessed hope of those whom the divine mercy gathers into the holy city the new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride adorned for her husband 71 IN BRIEF 2017 The grace of the Holy Spirit confers upon us the righteousness of God Uniting us by faith and Baptism to the Passion and Resurrection of Christ the Spirit makes us sharers in his life 2018 Like conversion justification has two aspects Moved by grace man turns toward God and away from sin and so accepts forgiveness and righteousness from on high 2019 Justification includes the remission of sins sanctification and the renewal of the inner man 2020 Justification has been merited for us by the Passion of Christ It is granted us through Baptism It conforms us to the righteousness of God who justifies us It has for its goal the glory of God and of Christ and the gift of eternal life It is the most excellent work of God s mercy 2021 Grace is the help God gives us to respond to our vocation of becoming his adopted sons It introduces us into the intimacy of the Trinitarian life 2022 The divine initiative in the work of grace precedes prepares and elicits the free response of man Grace responds to the deepest yearnings of human freedom calls freedom to cooperate with it and perfects freedom 2023 Sanctifying grace is the gratuitous gift of his life that God makes to us it is infused by the Holy Spirit into the soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it 2024 Sanctifying grace makes us pleasing to God Charisms special graces of the Holy Spirit are oriented to sanctifying grace and are intended for the common good of the Church God also acts

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