Catechism of the Catholic Church

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2003 Grace is first and foremost the gift of the Spirit who justifies and sanctifies us. But grace also includes the gifts that the Spirit grants us to associate us with his work, to enable us to collaborate in the salvation of others and in the growth of the Body of Christ, the Church. There are sacramental graces, gifts proper to the different sacraments. There are furthermore special graces, also called charisms after the Greek term used by St. Paul and meaning "favor," "gratuitous gift," "benefit." 53 Whatever their character - sometimes it is extraordinary, such as the gift of miracles or of tongues - charisms are oriented toward sanctifying grace and are intended for the common good of the Church. They are at the service of charity which builds up the Church. 54

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PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST

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SECTION ONE: MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

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CHAPTER THREE: GOD'S SALVATION: LAW AND GRACE

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ARTICLE 2: GRACE AND JUSTIFICATION

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53 Cf. LG 12.

54 Cf. I Cor 12.

English Translation of the Cathechism of the Catholic Church for the United States of America © 1997, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.