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The Catholic Response to “Are You Saved?”
The Catholic Christian answers this question in three stages or levels corresponding to the three meanings the words “saved” and “salvation” have in the Bible. (These meanings are found in the previous section, “Salvation: A Biblical Portrait.” )
Catholic Christians can respond that they have been saved. This acknowledges the first meaning of “saved” and “salvation” in scripture–Jesus Christ, Savior, by whose act of salvation we are objectively saved–He died, rose from the dead, saved them from sin.
2 Cor 5:17
So whoever is in Christ is a new creation
Catholic Christians can also respond that they are being saved. This acknowledges the second meaning “saved” and “salvation” have in scripture–the present experience, God’s power delivering constantly from the bondage of sin.
1 Cor 15:2
Through it (the gospel) you are also being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
Catholic Christians also respond that they will be saved, that they have hope and confidence that God will give them the grace of perseverance; that they will respond to it; and accept his gift of salvation until their death. This acknowledges the third meaning the words “saved” and “salvation” have in scripture–the future deliverance of believers at the Second Coming of Christ.
Rom 5:9
How much more then, since we are now justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath.

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Go-to-Joseph

Source Article:  https://www.catholic.com/tract/call-no-man-father

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Source: Why do Catholics call the pope the “Holy Father,” if the Bible says only Persons of the Trinity may be called holy? | Catholic Answers

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Published on Jan 19, 2015

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Jimmy Akin answers a caller who asks how reliable the Star of Bethlehem documentary is.

Jimmy Akin was born in Texas and grew up nominally Protestant. At age 20 he experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, Jimmy started an intensive study of the Bible, but the more he immersed himself in Scripture, the more he found it to support the Catholic faith. He entered the Church in 1992. His conversion story, “A Triumph and a Tragedy,” is published in the book Surprised By Truth.

Akin is Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a member on the Catholic Answers Speakers Bureau, a weekly guest on the global radio program, Catholic Answers LIVE, a contributing editor for Catholic Answers Magazine, and the author of numerous publications, including the books Mass Confusion, The Salvation Controversy, The Fathers Know Best, and Mass Revision.

His personal blog is http://www.jimmyakin.com.

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Source: Paganism | Catholic Answers

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“Historical truth prevails

Ultimately, all attempts to prove Catholicism “pagan” fail. Catholic doctrines are neither borrowed from the mystery religions nor introduced from pagans after the conversion of Constantine. To make a charge of paganism stick, one must be able to show more than a similarity between something in the Church and something in the non-Christian world. One must be able to demonstrate a legitimate connection between the two, showing clearly that one is a result of the other, and that there is something wrong with the non-Christian item.

In the final analysis, nobody has been able to prove these things regarding a doctrine of the Catholic faith, or even its officially authorized practices. The charge of paganism just doesn’t work.”

Source: Is Catholicism Pagan? | Catholic Answers

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Catholic Church:

“But she teaches that, what man cannot know by natural reason, he can know through revelation and faith; that what he cannot attain to by his natural power he can reach by the grace of God. God has gratuitously elevated human nature to a supernatural state. He has assigned as its ultimate end the direct vision of Himself, the Beatific Vision. But this end can be reached only in the next life; in the present life we can but prepare ourselves for it with the aid of revelation and grace. To some souls, however, even in the present life, God gives a very special grace by which they are enabled to feel His sensible presence: this is true mystical contemplation. In this act, there is no annihilation or absorption of the creature into God, but God becomes intimately present to the created mind and this, enlightened by special illuminations, contemplates with ineffable joy the Divine essence.”

Source: Mysticism | Catholic Answers

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Otsy

Source: The Early Church Fathers and Paganism | Catholic Answers

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