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Encountering the Word
The Time of Fulfillment
The Greek language has two words for time: chronos, time measured in hours or years, and charios, time of opportunity, as in a time for receiving God’s grace = charis. For Christians, charios is when we experience the mysterious presence of God. This “time of grace” is a gift of God that we must actively embrace to experience it, as in the moment we choose to receive the gift of God’s grace in the Eucharist. Chronos time alters us as we grow older with every day and year. Charios is also life-altering time, but as we receive the gift of God’s charis/grace, we experience divine life and spiritual regeneration that leads to eternal life.
Catechism Cross References
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