All humans, each and every person who has ever lived and will live, has been, is and will be given the grace for salvation.
This means that each person in a lifetime, and most likely, more than once, is given light to choose Christ, Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Now, the Church teaches that we do not understand necessarily how God imparts this grace, as the normal channels of grace are through the Church.
The brilliant Garrigou-Lagrange has a book on grace, which is found here on line.
I have written a lot on grace on this blog and one can follow the tags and labels.
However, today, because I have been thinking of this for weeks and weeks, I want to share some thoughts on the denial of grace and damnation.
I have been wondering why we do not see many saints in our day and age, except for martyrs.
One knows that St. John Paul II and the Pope Emeritus canonized many saints, but most were martyrs of the Faith from the horrible times of persecution in the past 200 years.
We can understand clearly the response to grace regarding martyrdom. We see Christians being killed almost daily in some parts of the world even now.
But, where are the everyday saints, those who lead us to God by examples and leadership? Where are those like Ignatius, or Teresa, or even the small saints, like Bernadette, canonized not because she saw the Mother of God, but because of her personal holiness?
And, why are there so many people who refuse to follow Christ, refuse to consider religion at all?
Perhaps it is because I take the bus daily to Mass that I see thousands of people who are not Christians, or not practicing Christians. Many friends tell me that their grandchildren are not baptized.
That grace is given is a truth. That grace is deferred or ignored or out-and-out rejected creates tragedies-the loss of people to eternal damnation.
That some people seem to be better than others, seem to be following Christ closely, is attributed to efficacious grace. God puts both the will and the ability of such people to follow Him.
But, that all men are called to salvation, that all are given sufficient grace to be saved seems to be a truth ignored by many. It is heretical to state that God demands the impossible from all human beings.
Trent makes it clear that God helps us not merely in general with grace, but in the particular, in individual cases.
Garrigou-Lagrange quotes Christ, reminding us that He gives us all the necessary grace to repent and follow Him