8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

Being a newly confirmed Catholic and coming from an Evangelical/Jewish upbringing and family, this verse, amongst many other verses, is often thrown in my face due to its misinterpreted significance and its use to “disprove” Catholic religiosity. To whomever it may concern: open your Bible, rid yourself of scriptural tunnel-vision… and read this same passage but add verse 10. Faith always comes first, but works must pour out in conjunction from faith so that it may be complete. Also see James 2:22.