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DIVINE FRIENDSHIP

The state of grace by which a person is lobed by God, becomes an heir of heaven, and on reaching the age of discretion loves God by sincerely doing the divine will. The basis of divine friendship is a sharing in the divine nature bestowed by God. There is friendship because God's love of man is reciprocated by man's love of God. The theological virtue of charity, which is inseparably connected with the state of grace, enables the justified person to love God in return for the benevolent love of God.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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