DIVINE GRACE (in English)

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#101 Message par InHocSignoVinces » ven. 11 sept. 2020 12:22

This divine treasure of grace makes us
truly happy and contented.
We see so
many people who possess all they can
reasonably desire, and still are not happy.

Not so he who possesses the grace of God.
He has internal peace, — the peace of the
heart; nothing can disturb him because he
knows that God loves him, and he desires
no more. This peace and happiness is a
foretaste of the happiness of heaven which
consists in seeing and possessing God.
It
is true the saints in heaven are still happier
because their union with God is more inti-
mate and they are in no danger of losing
God for all eternity. We, on the contrary,
are always in danger of losing sanctifying
grace, for " We have this treasure in earthen
vessels."
1 We are on the way to our eternal
home, and, as long as we have not yet arrived
there, "The evil spirits beset our way like
robbers "
2 and try to deprive us of the valu-
able treasure which we have. We must,
therefore, take the advice of the Apostle,
" See, therefore, brethren, how you walk cir-
cumspectly ; not as unwise, but as wise."
3

No one can take the treasure of sanctifying
grace from us against our will ; we can lose
it only if we give it up of our own accord.
" Who then shall separate us from the love
of Christ ? shall tribulation ? or distress ? or
famine ? or nakedness ? or danger ? or perse-
cution ? or the sword ? . . . for I am sure
that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present,
nor things to come, nor might, nor height,
nor depth, nor any other creature shall be
able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord."
4 If
there is nothing that can separate us from
the love of God, then there is nothing that
can take away from us sanctifying grace, be-
cause it is impossible to have the grace of
God without loving Him.



To be continued...


1. 2 Cor. 4. 7.
2. St. Greg. Hom. II.
3. Eph. 5. 15.
4. Rom. 8. 35-39.

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Re: DIVINE GRACE (in English)

#102 Message par InHocSignoVinces » mer. 16 sept. 2020 12:06

Through grace we are united with God
as long as we do not lose this precious gift
through sin. We are, however, not preserved
from temptation on account of grace.
There still remains in us the effect of
original sin ; evil inclinations, which are
not sinful in themselves, but which entice
us to sin. Of these not even the holiest
persons are free. St. Paul tells us that even
when he had been rapt to the third
heaven, where he heard words which no man
could repeat, he relates of himself, " Lest the
greatness of the revelations should exalt me,
there was given me a sting of my flesh,
an angel of Satan to buffet me, for which
thing thrice I besought the Lord, that it
might depart from me ; and He said to me :
My grace is sufficient for thee, for power is
made perfect in infirmity."
1 Even St. Paul,
who was a great saint and certainly had the
grace of God, was not free from temptations.
So long as we resist temptations, they cannot
rob us of sanctifying grace; on the contrary
they will increase our merits and will make
the state of grace more firm in us on
account of our fidelity to it.
Even if
through human infirmity we should fall
into venial sins, we will not lose the state
of sanctifying grace. Venial sin does not
rob us of sanctifying grace ; mortal sin alone
can do this.



1. 2 Cor. 12. 7-9.


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