Actual and Sanctifying Graces are spontaneous gifts of God’s love and mercy to save mankind. Sanctifying grace transforms a sinner into a God’s child, remains in the soul while we do not commit a mortal sin, and we can recover the divine affiliation in the sacrament of Penance. Actual grace entails transient divine impulses due to salutary acts, in consideration of Christ’s merits, for union with God and Spiritual Growth.
The seven sacraments confer grace:
• Sanctifying grace is communicated in Baptism, Penance, and Anointing of the Sick
• Sanctifying grace increases when a sacrament is received in the state of grace
• Actual grace is given by all sacraments
• The sacramental character is indelibly imprinted on the soul in Baptism, Confirmation, and the Priesthood
• A distinctive grace is imparted by each sacrament per its purpose in the soul
The sacraments are sacred signs and grace instruments. Catholics can also increase sanctifying grace through prayer and acts of mercy.