Why Do Catholics Do That?

What is grace?

God gives us a free gift to share in His life, a gift that we can’t earn and don’t deserve. Called, “grace,” this gift helps us to become His adopted children. When God shares His divine life with us as sanctifying grace, we are strengthened to act in His love. Through actual grace, God strengthens us to live in harmony with His will. Sacramental and special graces – gifts of the Holy Spirit – help us to live out our Christian vocation.