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Something given in return for performing an action that either could have been left undone or at least might not have been done as well as it was. In theology the merit promised by God is a reward because the human being is physically free either to resist or co-operate with divine grace.
All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.