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EXTERNAL GRACES

Those providential means that God uses as occasions for conferring interior actual graces. External graces are all creatures that are divinely intended to lead us to our eternal destiny. They are any person, place, or thing that can help us attain the end for which we were created.

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

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