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Old 30th November 2015, 02:44 PM
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Hi Ron,

A priest said in a homily that a person who has learned the liturgy of the hours (morning prayers, etc.) does not need to ask God for more graces.

For example, is it okay if a person who is already in state of grace, has received from the Church the teaching of liturgy of the hours, but feels weak to do self-denial, works of mercy, doesn't want to go to a particular Mass he's been called to go, but he ask God to "send this person more graces" so he can accomplish these duties which are pleasing to God, but wholeheartedly. Or would be okay or wrong to ask for "more graces" for this particular reason or for any reason?
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Old 30th November 2015, 03:01 PM
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Hi Ron,

A priest said in a homily that a person who has learned the liturgy of the hours (morning prayers, etc.) does not need to ask God for more graces.

For example, is it okay if a person who is already in state of grace, has received from the Church the teaching of liturgy of the hours, but feels weak to do self-denial, works of mercy, doesn't want to go to a particular Mass he's been called to go, but he ask God to "send this person more graces" so he can accomplish these duties which are pleasing to God, but wholeheartedly. Or would be okay or wrong to ask for "more graces" for this particular reason or for any reason?

The priest is wrong. The liturgy of the hours does not imply an absence of need for more graces, nor an absence of the need to ask for more graces. The liturgy of the hours, said devoutly, is a great source of grace. But it is not necessary or sufficient.

It is never wrong to ask for grace for yourself and for others.
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Old 30th November 2015, 04:51 PM
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Thank you Ron. So, having Sufficient Grace (I think St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas taught on this type of grace) doesn't mean that we cannot ask for more graces, correct?

Just double-checking there is not a confusion between having sufficient grace and the need of more graces (actual graces). Or if a person is asking for more graces is because doesn't have sufficient grace even though is in the state of grace (may sound confusing).
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Thank you Ron. So, having Sufficient Grace (I think St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas taught on this type of grace) doesn't mean that we cannot ask for more graces, correct?

Just double-checking there is not a confusion between having sufficient grace and the need of more graces (actual graces). Or if a person is asking for more graces is because doesn't have sufficient grace even though is in the state of grace (may sound confusing).

The term sufficient grace is used in salvation theology to refer to the graces needed for salvation. But no one is given the bare minimum only of such graces. For God is merciful and generous. We all receive abundant graces. So we certainly can ask for more than sufficient grace.

I should also point out that we do not need to ask for grace to receive grace. We receive an increase in grace whenever we cooperate with actual graces by prayer, self-denial, or works of mercy. Any devout cooperation with actual grace merits an increase in grace, whether you ask for it or not.
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Perfect, understood. Thank you Ron.
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