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PREVENTING GRACE

The grace that goes before the free consent of the will. It moves the will spontaneously, inclining it to God. A preventing grace may be a good thought or a good impulse, without human effort, to perform some action that leads to heaven.

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

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