Catechism of the Catholic Church

Life in Christ 489 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 com­ munion 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 righ­ teousness 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 towardGod and away from sin, and so accepts forgiveness and righteousness from on high. 2019 Justification includes the remission of sins, sanctifica­ tion, 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, pre­ pares, and elicits the free response of man. Grace re­ sponds 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 70 Cf. Council of Trent (1547): DS 1576. 71 Rev 21:2. 162, 1821 1274