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Actual grace considered apart from the supernatural effect for which it was bestowed. It may therefore mean the grace that does not meet with adequate co-operation on the part of the human recipient, and then it is merely sufficient grace. It is enough to enable a person to perform a salutary act, but who freely declines to co-operate. Or it may simply mean the grace that gives one the power to accomplish a salutary action, as distinct from an efficacious grace, which secures that the salutary act is accomplished.See Also: SANATING GRACE, See Also: GRACE, See Also: GRATUITOUS GRACE, See Also: JUSTIFYING GRACE, See Also: SACRAMENTAL GRACE, See Also: SANCTIFYING GRACE, See Also: ACTUAL GRACE, See Also: EFFICACIOUS GRACE, See Also: HABITUAL GRACE
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