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Re: DIVINE GRACE (in English)

#81 Message par InHocSignoVinces » ven. 08 mai 2020 16:53

Hope has been the power that
sustained all true Christians,
and led them to lead good and pious lives.
Without hope in God and in the reward
promised to them that love Him, they would
not have withstood the temptations and dangers
of the world. It was on account of this
that they lived good Christian lives.

"We should live soberly, and justly and godly in
this world, looking for the blessed hope"
was
the exhortation of St. Paul to Titus.1 Hope
will also be our strength in the time of trial
and temptation; then we too, like St. Paul,
shall be consoled in the thought, "that the
sufferings of this time are not worthy to
be compared with the glory to come, that
shall be revealed in us."
2


1 Titus 2. 12, 13.
2 Rom. 8. 18.



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#82 Message par InHocSignoVinces » mar. 12 mai 2020 20:14

ON DIVINE CHARITY

What is charity ?
Charity is a divine virtue by which we love God above
all things for His own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves
for the love of God.



Charity is a divine virtue; it comes from
God. Charity is not a natural but a super-
natural love of God.
By reason of our
natural powers we can love God as our
creator and our last end; but this love is
infinitely below the love of God which comes
through the virtue of charity. It differs as
the love of a servant differs from that of a
son. A servant may love his master, but he
will not dare, like the child, to run up to him
and embrace him ; he loves him, so to speak,
from a distance,
whereas the child is closely
united to the father and feels happy in his
embrace.
By our natural reason we know
God to exist, and we know that He has
created us. On account of this we are
entirely His, we belong to Him, we are His
slaves, since we owe our being to Him. By
faith we know that from slaves He has made
us sons and heirs. Likewise by our natural
powers we can and should love Him as our
master;
by the virtue of divine charity we
love Him as our Father.
This love of God
differs from the natural love which we can
have for God as much as heaven differs from
earth, or as God, whose gift charity is, differs
from man. Charity, like faith and hope, is
infused into the soul as a free gift of God ;
it is undeserved. No work of a creature can
merit the gift of divine charity.
"The
charity of God is poured forth in our hearts
by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us."
1


1 Rom. 5. 5.


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#83 Message par InHocSignoVinces » sam. 16 mai 2020 19:11

By the divine virtue of charity we love God
above all other objects because He is all-good
in Himself and worthy of our love.
Goodness
and excellence move us to love. God
is all-perfect, He is all-good, He is all-beautiful,
He is to be our happiness for eternity.
These perfections of God we know through
divine faith; through faith we know the
supernatural goodness of God toward us.

God's goodness known supernaturally is,
therefore, the object of divine charity or love.

Charity inclines our hearts to love God
above all other things so that we are prepared
rather to lose all than to be separated
from God, the highest good.
The love of
God will make us detest sin because sin is
opposed to God ; it will make us do the will
of God and keep His commandments.
"If
any man love Me he will keep My commandments,"

said Our Lord.



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#84 Message par InHocSignoVinces » mer. 20 mai 2020 13:46

One of the most powerful means to arouse
in us the love of God is to consider His
mercy and goodness toward us. He has
called us to be His children, and gives us
continually the supernatural help of grace
to make ourselves worthy sons of God.
When man had sinned and was entirely
helpless to rise of himself from sin, God sent
His only-begotten Son to become man and
redeem us from sin and death. "God so
loved the world as to give His only-begotten
Son: . . . that the world may be saved by
Him."
1 If He has loved us so much, should
we not also love Him ? St. Augustine says
that if we were slow to love God, we should
at least now not be slow to love Him in
return. Charity will move us to love God
on account of His infinite perfections, and
among these His mercy toward us appeals
most strongly to our hearts. His love
toward us leads us to gratitude, and from
gratitude we easily proceed to love. This
motive St. Paul proposes to us when he
says, "The charity of God presseth us . . .
Christ died for all, that they also who live,
may not now live to themselves but unto
Him who died for them and rose again."
2


Jesus is God, and if we love Jesus, we
love God. We can therefore be moved to
divine love most effectually in considering
God in Jesus, the God-Man. That men
might be more effectually moved to love
God, "The goodness and kindness of God
our Saviour appeared: not by the works of
justice which we have done, but according
to His mercy, He saved us."
3 How easy
God has made charity, which is the first and
highest command, in letting us contemplate
the goodness of God in the Child laid for our
sake in the crib of Bethlehem ; in Our Lord's
going about instructing the people and
healing the sick, for our sake carrying the
heavy cross and dying upon it !
Such love
cannot but arouse our love in return.



1 John 3. 16, 17.
2 2 Cor. 5. 14, 15.
3 Titus 3. 4, 5.



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