by | Jan 25, 2016 | 0 comments

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church,

With regard to God, there is no strict right to any merit on the part of man. Between God and us there is an immeasurable inequality, for we have received everything from him, our Creator. The merit of man before God in the Christian life arises from the fact that God has freely chosen to associate man with the work of his grace. the fatherly action of God is first on his own initiative, and then follows man’s free acting through his collaboration, so that the merit of good works is to be attributed in the first place to the grace of God, then to the faithful. Man’s merit, moreover, itself is due to God, for his good actions proceed in Christ, from the predispositions and assistance given by the Holy Spirit. … The charity of Christ is the source in us of all our merits before God. Grace, by uniting us to Christ in active love, ensures the supernatural quality of our acts and consequently their merit before God and before men. The saints have always had a lively awareness that their merits were pure grace.

This is a larger glass torso and head.  I made the head separately from the torso, with a different type of glass (the torso is made from System 96 nuggets, and the head is Bullseye crystal clear casting glass), so his is a kind of Frankenstein.  It is not to imply lack of grace, simply that we must do with what we are given, and if it a virtuous body and an inadequate mind, or vice versa.