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FIRST GRACE

Sanctifying grace, conferred by certain sacraments on a person who is not in the state of grace. Thus baptism, penance, and (when needed) the anointing of the sick confer sanctifying grace, provided the minimum conditions are fulfilled.

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

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