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Old 19th January 2015, 03:41 PM
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The state of grace is absolutely necessary at the time of death to obtain
Heaven and eternal life. What is the state of grace and what does it include?

* the state of loving God and neighbor -- whoever truly loves God and neighbor is certainly in a state of grace
* the infused virtues: love, faith, hope
* infusion of the cardinal virtues: knowledge, understanding, wisdom, justice, temperance, fortitude, prudence.
* it is also called habitual grace, as it inculcates a habit in the soul of virtue, especially love
* the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, making us temples of God; God is present within us.
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Old 21st January 2015, 01:30 PM
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A fallen human person, conceived with original sin, can only enter the state of grace by one of the three forms of baptism.

1. formal Sacrament, baptism with water
2. baptism of desire
3. baptism of blood

non-Christian believers can enter the state of grace by an implicit baptism of desire, that is to say, by an act of love of God or even an act of selfless love of neighbor. This path to salvation allows non-Christian believers and even unbelievers to be saved.

The atheist or agnostic who truly loves his neighbor receives an implicit baptism of desire. By loving his neighbor, the atheist implicitly loves God, and thereby implicitly desires baptism. By the state of grace, he receives the infused virtues of love, faith, hope, even though his faith is implicit.

The example of the Centurion with great faith, who was neither a Jew nor a disciple of Christ, proves that unbelievers can receive a baptism of desire. For to have great faith, he must have had the infused virtues only found in persons who are in a state of grace.
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Old 23rd January 2015, 03:06 PM
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After entering the state of grace, the only way to depart from that state is by actual mortal sin. Three things are needed for actual mortal sin:
1. grave matter -- the chosen act must be gravely contrary to the love of God and neighbor (or believed to be so by the person)
2. full knowledge -- in choosing the act, the person must be fully aware of its grave immorality
3. full deliberation -- the choice must be made with full freedom of will.

Everyone who dies unrepentant from actual mortal sin will be judged by God and sent to Hell for eternal punishment. Everyone who dies in a state of grace will be judged by God and sent to Heaven, perhaps after a temporary stay in Purgatory.
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