Over at Jimmy Akin's blog, he discusses two recent statements from Benedict XVI on salvation, justification, faith and works - that sort of thing - and notes that Catholic and Protestant understandings of the subject may not be as totally opposed as one might think. Worth looking into. One comment of mine from his combox;
As a protestant (Baptist and then Presbyterian) I considered salvation to be one thing, sanctification another.
As a Catholic my understanding has been that these are two aspects of the same process. There never is one without the other.
We can't be sanctified and yet be unsaved, and we can't be saved, ultimately, without being completely sanctified.
I don't know, but it might be said that God saves us by sanctifying us. It is only by his grace that we are made capable of acting out of faith and love, so that we can never take credit for any of our holy acts.
In a similar way, faith in God and love of God are inseparable. One can't love God and yet not trust him, and vice-versa. The two are always found together, and may, in the end, almost be different words for the same thing.
Faith involves trust, not mere intellectual assent. How could we trust him without loving him? How could we love him and not trust him?
I can also recommend Jimmy's book, The Salvation Controversy.
Incidentally, further installments of the story of my spiritual journey to Rome will be forthcoming. All in good time. I had some things to iron out first.