Catholic Dictionary

Term

INEFFICACIOUS GRACES

Definition

Actual graces that are truly but merely sufficient to perform a supernatural good act. They are inefficacious because they meet with resistance from the free human will. The Protestant Reformers and Jansenists denied such graces because, according to their view, grace exercises a necessitating influence on the human will. All graces are efficacious; otherwise, Calvin said, they would not be graces.