The Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2000; "Sanctifying grace is an habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God, to act by his love. Habitual grace, the permanent disposition to live and act in keeping with God's call, is distinguished from actual grace which refer to God's interventions, whether at the beginning of conversion or in the course of the work of sanctification."
Last night in our weekly Cursillo group meeting the question came up, "what does grace mean to you?" During our discussion there were different but similar answers. All of them seemed to touch on the fact that grace is a "living relationship" that "transforms our human nature." We are doing things to help others, things that we may not have done before. We are experiencing and sharing emotions of love, sadness and joy. Sometimes we are doing things and don't realize that we are actually helping, actually touching someone.
As I listened and reflected on each one's definition I realized how blessed I am to be associated with these men. These common every day men I have named the "Epiphany Fourteen." They are involved in the ministries that help others in their daily lives. Meals on wheels, providing the Eucharist and praying with the elderly and supporting our church community through Human concerns ministry, Eucharist ministry, hospitality ministry, funeral ministry and many others. They are involved and do not seek recognition nor boast of their accomplishments. Cursillistas doing God's work, spreading the Word.
I know that one person living out their life in a spiritual Christ-like way makes a difference. To me, this is our grace; a gift freely given to us by Jesus.
"Grace is simply love."
Thank you Gerry.