How are you saved?
A Calvinist friend of mine asked me that question. I've been giving it some thought and came up with a multitude of reasons. I make no claim that the following list is sanctioned by the Catholic Church. I am saved:
- by the incomprehensible love of God
- by God's infinite Mercy
- by Christ's redemptive work on the cross
- by Mary's "yes" to the angel
- because St. Joseph protected the Christ child
- because Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James and Peter preached the Gospel and wrote the New Testament
- because the Holy Catholic Church preserved sacred scripture and tradition throughout the last 2,000 years
- through the army of priests who hear my confessions
- through the army of priests who give me the Eucharist
- through the completely free and undeserved gift of Baptism
- through my parents who taught me to love Christ
- through my godparents, aunts and uncles who have encouraged me in my faith
- through the army of family and friends who pray for me
- through my pathetic attempts to work out my salvation with fear and trembling (cf Phil 2:12)
- by grace
- through faith (Eph 2:8)
- in Christ who loves me enough to pay for my sins
I'm sure this list is incomplete, but those are some of the reasons why I have moral certainty of my salvation.
But what must I do to be saved? In one sense, there is nothing I can do. Salvation is a free and undeserved gift of God. But in another sense Jesus tells us exactly what we need to do in Luke 10:25-28 (NAB):
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?" He said in reply, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." He replied to him, "You have answered correctly; do this and you will live."