state of grace

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Noun1.state of grace - (Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence; "the conception of grace developed alongside the conception of sin"; "it was debated whether saving grace could be obtained outside the membership of the church"; "the Virgin lived in a state of grace"
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
Christian theology - the teachings of Christian churches
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We must also be in a state of grace by going to Confession and receiving Holy Communion within the week that we do the pilgrimage.
One must be in the state of grace to gain any indulgence.
Other articles, off the top of my head: Edit deAk's article on Francesco Clemente, "A Chameleon in a State of Grace"; Thomas McEvilley's "Primitivism'" article, which I think opened up a whole debate on what we mean by that word; Rene Ricard's "Pledge of Allegiance"; Carter Ratcliff's series on the picturesque; Donald Kuspit's article on Louise Bourgeois; Lisa Liebmann's on the Rococo-ness of that moment; and Pierre Schneider on the Giacomettis.
In a later interview, Mostajo, rector of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Cebu City, explained that he just wanted people to understand how important it was to be in a state of grace before receiving the body and blood of Jesus.
Being in a state of sin often means being in a simultaneous state of blindness--being literally unable to see the living truths so blindingly obvious to those who, through regular reception of both the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist, try to remain in a state of grace.
MD: In other movies in which there are corrupt cops there's usually a real judgment brought to bear on them, as if they'd been in a state of grace and fallen, which is questionable to begin with.
When that time comes, may we be in the state of grace, truly reconciled with God, with the world, with ourselves.
The teaching of the Church is clear, they say: everyone who comes to communion must be properly disposed, i.e., be in the state of grace. As for those who break this rule, they are subject to St.
Hooks utilizes the many slipping meanings of "black"--cultural/historical construct, true fact in the eyes of God, transcendent state of grace and pain--without owning the slippage.
As a man resembles his parents, so the baptized soul in a state of grace participates in the life of God and eventually gains heaven.
notorious sinners in America" (Los Angeles' Mahoney) but of following through on the principle that only people in the state of grace may receive the Eucharistic Sacrament.
But to be saved we must be in the state of grace. And, if we have left God, we must repent in order to be in the state of grace.