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Eleonore Stump

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198813866

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198813866.001.0001

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Life in Grace

Life in Grace

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Eleonore Stump

Oxford University Press

A life in grace begins with a surrender to God on the part of a person Jerome as Jerome is coming to faith. That surrender includes a change from the state of resisting God’s love and grace to quiescence, the cessation of resistance. Once Jerome’s will is in this quiescent state, the whole process of justification and sanctification can get started. In justification, God infuses operative grace into Jerome’s will. This grace moves Jerome’s will to the will of faith, to repudiating his own evil and longing for God and God’s goodness; and so it instills into Jerome’s will a global second-order will for a will that wills the good. In sanctification, God cooperates with this overarching second-order willing of Jerome’s to bring Jerome’s will into ever-increasing integration around the good. A union of love between God and a human person is what justification and sanctification aim at and effect.

Keywords:   sanctification, justification, grace, quiescence in will, submission, Pelagianism, Aquinas, virtue ethics, gifts of the Holy Spirit, fruits of the Holy Spirit

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