state of grace


The permanent disposition of soul formally constituted by the presence of habitual grace. Almighty God, in consideration of the redemptive merits of Christ, confers on the soul of His choice formal justification by the introduction of an intrinsic, physical, and permanent quality which rids the soul of sin and links it to God in the bonds of friendship. This permanent di~position of soul, marked by sinlessness and the fulfilment of God’s will is the state of grace, and it perseveres, unless it be destroyed by wilful mortal sin, through death, unto everlasting life.

MLA Citation

  • “state of grace”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 October 2012. Web. 15 June 2021. <>