Catechism On Line
Living Holy Lives
Book, Chapter 17 (Be My Disciples)
In this chapter we discuss the following topics:
God's GracesThrough our baptism God shares His life and love with us. This gift is called "Sanctifying Grace". In other words, this is the grace which gives us the opportunity to become holy. Jesus was the most important tool of the sanctifying grace of God. Why? Because He taught us the ways of attaining holiness and He himself was the living example of that holiness. He said: "Be holy, because I am holy" 1 Peter 1:16.
God may also give us the "Actual Grace" by sending us His Holy Spirit which helps us to live as followers of Jesus Christ. For example; the fact that God sent you to be born into your Christian families, and they brought you to this classroom so you can learn about God and His ways was a sanctifying grace to you because other children deprived of such possibility will have much lower chance of becoming holy, and therefore saved. However, only if you choose to learn, obey and live Jesus' teachings you would receive the actual grace of receiving the Holy Spirit and therefore find your way to salvation.
When we freely choose not to live the way God wants us to live, we deprive
ourselves of the reward of eternal salvation and it may lead us to sin.
All sins offend God, hurt us, and may hurt others. Previously we defined
a sin as an action or inaction which may cause undue suffering of someone
else. But not all sins are the same and the Church defines them thus:
Types of SinsMortal sin is a serious or grave sin which separates us from God. To be a mortal sin, according to our Church, it must meet the following criteria:
But remember; these definitions are solely human interpretations and they in no way guarantee that this is the way God sees things. Besides, there may be difficulties with the definition of "what is wrong".
Intentionally I have asked whether something is "wrong" rather than "justifiable" because remember: