One of the puzzles some Catholics struggle with is the fact that we encounter the grace of God beyond the sacraments. In Matthew 25, for instance, Jesus talks about the salvation of the nations in terms of what Catholic Tradition would later call the corporal works of mercy:
“Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you welcomed me; I was naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me’” (Matthew 25:34-36).
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