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Pope, at weekday Mass, reflects on God’s irrevocable election of Christians

November 07, 2017

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CWN Editor's Note: “Each one of us is elect, chosen by God,” the Pope said as he preached on Romans 11:29-36. “I think it would do us good, all of us, to think today about our election; about the promises that the Lord has made to us; and about how I live out the covenant with the Lord.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 08, 2017 3:19 AM ET USA

    "When God gives a gift, it is irrevocable: He does not give something one day, and take it away the next." True enough, for He is unchangeable. But it is just as true that God does not override our will. In _offering_ a gift, He knows that creatures of free will are at liberty to reject it. So while God's will cannot deviate from what He is (truth), ours is not so constituted. We can reject God again and again and again. And He will be Himself: He will accept our rejection of Him. Fear this.

  • Posted by: seebert424930 - Nov. 07, 2017 5:55 PM ET USA

    This one I just don't get. What is the difference between irrevocable election and Once Saved Always Saved? What is the use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Eucharist, or even human forgiveness if sin and disobedience don't matter?