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 Post subject: Co-operation in Merit
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:45 am 
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So we all know one can co-operate in sin of another and be guilty of the sin.

But can we co-operate in another's good action? Do we share the merits in the same way we would share sin? Is merit ever diminished if it is shared by multiple parties?

Are the conditions under which our actions can be described as co-operating in another's good the same as when we would be found to have co-operated in their evil?

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 Post subject: Re: Co-operation in Merit
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:33 am 
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We can cooperate in other's good acts; rarely, in fact, is a good deed done alone.

I can't see how it would be reduced by sharing.

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 Post subject: Re: Co-operation in Merit
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ForeverFaithful wrote:
So we all know one can co-operate in sin of another and be guilty of the sin.

But can we co-operate in another's good action? Do we share the merits in the same way we would share sin? Is merit ever diminished if it is shared by multiple parties?

Are the conditions under which our actions can be described as co-operating in another's good the same as when we would be found to have co-operated in their evil?

Thanks,

Can guilt in evil be reduced by sharing?

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 Post subject: Re: Co-operation in Merit
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:02 am 
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I once heard someone say that spiritual 'things' are multiplied when shared.

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 Post subject: Re: Co-operation in Merit
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:32 am 
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Closet Catholic wrote:
I once heard someone say that spiritual 'things' are multiplied when shared.

Paul might be saying that here:

    I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will [bring it to fruition [my translation]] until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

That's a large part of the way I preach it, anyway. The Philippians, in my view, would (and will) share in the glory of the fruit of Paul's gospel ministry. By the same principle, we share in the glory of the fruit of those ministries we support. Or in the language of this thread, we co-operate in merit, and the glory is not diminished by being shared but rather is multiplied.

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