James 2:24

You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.

Asking whether you are saved by faith or works is like asking which blade on the scissors does the cutting.  It’s like trying to saw Jesus into the man half and the God half.  It’s like looking for a coin with one side.  It’s like trying to get water by splitting hydrogen and oxygen apart. It’s like asking whether the brain or the heart keeps you alive.  You get the picture.  Faith without works is dead.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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