✟ God the Creator ✟
The Divine Work of Creation
Revealed Truth (Defined Dogma)

Our first parents, before the fall, were endowed with Sanctifying Grace.

Lay Catechist Notes/Associated Doctrines
    Sanctifying Grace is one of the most important truths revealed by God (especially through Jesus Christ) - in simple terms, it is the indwelling of the Holy Trinity (often "attributed" to the Holy Spirit) in the souls of human beings who have been properly baptized and have not committed any mortal sins (or, if having committed mortal sin, have received sacramental absolution through the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation). Sanctifying Grace is also referred to as "Habitual Grace", meaning that it remains in the souls of the justified and effects the further sanctification of the individual. Sanctifying Grace gives life (supernatural) to the human soul.

    Associated Catholic Doctrine(s):
    1. "Adam received Sanctifying Grace not merely for himself, but for all of his posterity." (sententia certa)
Divine Revelation (Scriptural Proof)
  • 12Wherefore as by one man sin entered into this world, and by sin death; and so death passed upon all men, in whom all have sinned. 13For until the law sin was in the world; but sin was not imputed, when the law was not. 14But death reigned from Adam unto Moses, even over them also who have not sinned after the similitude of the transgression of Adam, who is a figure of him who was to come. 15But not as the offence, so also the gift. For if by the offence of one, many died; much more the grace of God, and the gift, by the grace of one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16And not as it was by one sin, so also is the gift. For judgment indeed was by one unto condemnation; but grace is of many offences, unto justification. 17For if by one man's offence death reigned through one; much more they who receive abundance of grace, and of the gift, and of justice, shall reign in life through one, Jesus Christ. 18Therefore, as by the offence of one, unto all men to condemnation; so also by the justice of one, unto all men to justification of life. (Romans 5:12-18)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • 374 The first man was not only created good, but was also established in friendship with his Creator and in harmony with himself and with the creation around him, in a state that would be surpassed only by the glory of the new creation in Christ.
  • 375 The Church, interpreting the symbolism of biblical language in an authentic way, in the light of the New Testament and Tradition, teaches that our first parents, Adam and Eve, were constituted in an original "state of holiness and justice". This grace of original holiness was "to share in. . .Divine Life".
Ecumenical Council Documents
  • General Council of Trent (1545)
    • Decree Concerning Original Sin
      • "1. If anyone does not confess that the first man, Adam, when he transgressed the commandment of God in paradise, immediately lost the holiness and justice in which he had been constituted,  and through the offense of that prevarication incurred the wrath and indignation of god, and thus death with which God had previously threatened him, and, together with death, captivity under his power who thenceforth had the empire of death, that is to say, the devil, and that  the entire Adam through that offense of prevarication was changed in body and soul for the worse , let him be anathema."
Papal Encyclical Documents
  • Mystici Corporis Christi (1943) - The Mystical Body of Christ - Pius XII
    • " 12. When one reflects on the origin of this doctrine, there come to mind at once the words of the Apostle: "Where sin abounded, grace did more abound."  All know that the father of the whole human race was constituted by God in so exalted a state that he was to hand on to his posterity, together with earthly existence, the heavenly life of divine grace ."