One might say that the karma of the previous birth has to be consumed in this birth and that no amount of grace can save man from that. This is not necessarily true. When a severe pain torments us, the doctor gives us a morphine injection and we do not feel the pain, though it is there in the body. Grace is like the morphine; the pain is not felt, though we go through it! Grace takes away the malignity of the karma which one has to undergo. There are also dated drugs, which become ineffective after a certain time. Well, so too, with Grace, the effect of karma is rendered null, even though we have to go through the experience! Hence, it is wrong to say the ‘Lalata likhitam’ (fate written on the forehead) cannot be rendered ineffective. Grace can surpass anything; nothing can stand in its way. It is after all the grace of the ‘All-mighty’!
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