actual grace

A supernatural gift from Almighty God, I, received in the human intellect or will, accidentally perfecting these faculties and enabling them to elicit acts xplicitly related to eternal life. Because the power hus received is above and beyond all natural exigencies, it is correctly called supernatural; because it lacks permanence and is granted by God solely to assist and strengthen the natural faculty while it is in operation, it is correctly called actual.

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