This is Catholicism, Episode 72: How to Obtain Grace

In this season's last episode of This is Catholicism has Father Philip Eldracher and Justin Eldracher wrap up their study of grace, concluding the series with an explanation of the means of grace.

Father Philip Eldracher

Father Philip Eldracher

A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion by Father Joseph Deharbe, S.J. was originally written in German, was very popular in the 19th century, and was translated into English. Bishop Donald Sanborn finds the Deharbe Catechism to be the most complete to convert and instruct people in the Catholic Faith.

Father Eldracher is currently pastor of Mary Help of Christians chapel and provides the Traditional (Tridentine) Latin Mass to faithful Catholics throughout Australia.


You can show your appreciation by supporting the Australian Mission where Fr. Eldracher is based by helping out with this crowd funder (remember that your USD goes a lot further in Australian dollars!):  and


Part 3: On The Means of Grace (continued)
Chapter 1: The Grace in General

16. What effect has this belief on the sinner?
17. What does the sinner receive in the Sacrament of Baptism or Penance?
18. How long does sanctifying grace remain in the soul of the justified man?
19. What fruits does the justified man produce by the help of grace?
20. Cannot a man who is in mortal sin do good?
21. Is, then, the good done in mortal sin useless?
22. What do we merit by the good works which we perform in the state of grace?
23. Whence do such good works derive their intrinsic value or meritoriousness ?
24. Is every Christian bound to do good works?
25. What good works should we perform before all others?
26. What other good works are especially recommended to us in Holy Scripture?
27. What does God especially regard in our good works?
28. What is a good intention?
29. How may we make a good intention?
30. When should we make a good intention?
31. What means must we particularly use in order to obtain grace?
32. Do both these means give us grace in the same manner and in the same measure?

Episode Notes:

The text is available in the public domain for free online as a PDF. Used copies and reprint versions can still be found and purchased.

“A Complete Catechism of the Catholic Religion” by Father Joseph Deharbe S.J. on

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Original Air Date: May 3, 2024
Show Run Time: 22 minutes
Show Host: Justin Eldracher
Show Guest: Fr. Philip Eldracher

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