DIVINE GRACE (in English)

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#121 Message par InHocSignoVinces » lun. 15 févr. 2021 16:43

The reward ofheaven for good works is so
great that we cannot form any idea of it.

St. Paul compares life to a race, and the
reward of heaven to the crown that is given
to the victor. We can imagine the joy and
the satisfaction of one who after long months
of training has come out victorious in a contest,
and receives the applause of the crowd.
His heart swells with joy and pride ; he forgets
entirely the fatigue and labor of the
preparation now that they are crowned with
success. In like manner, but in a much
higher degree, shall we feel happy when our
human labors are crowned in heaven; then,
indeed, shall we feel the truth of the words of
St. Paul, "The sufferings of this time are
not worthy to be compared with the glory
to come that shall be revealed in us."
1 That
glory, of which the apostles only saw a
glimpse on Mt. Thabor, which made St. Peter
wish to remain there forever, and exclaim,
" Lord, it is good for us to be here," 2 exceeds
all that man has ever seen or heard or
even been able to think. " Eye hath not seen,
nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into
the heart of man, what things God hath prepared
for them that love Him."
3 St. Stephen,
whilst he was being stoned to death, saw
the heavens open and the Son of man
standing at the right hand of God. The
scene filled him with such happiness that
he did not feel the stones falling upon him.



To be continued...


1 Rom. 8. 18.
2 Matt. 17. 4
3 1 Cor. 2. 9

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Re: DIVINE GRACE (in English)

#122 Message par InHocSignoVinces » sam. 27 févr. 2021 18:13

Many of the martyrs walked upon red-hot
coals, and the thought of the joys of heaven
made them seem to them to be sweet-smelling
roses. St. Paul was thrice rapt up
into heaven ; whether in the body or out
of the body he knew not,1 but what he saw
there he could never find words to express.
We are often delighted with a beautiful
scene, for instance, the sun rising on a
beautiful spring day. After the dreary winter
spring seems wonderfully lovely to us, as
it buds forth the first flowers, and the birds
that had deserted us during the winter season
are again heard in the fields; then we often
experience a feeling that we would wish it
always to be spring. The earth in all her
beauty is, after all, only the work of the
hand of God. " He commanded and they
were created."
2 How beautiful must be
God who made all these things of beauty!
How we love to be in the company of those
Whom we love, our parents, brothers, and
sisters, our companions at school, our play-
mates ; yet what are they all compared to God
who is most kind and loving ? Heaven which
we are to merit by good works, the fruit of
sanctifying grace, consists in seeing and
possessing God for all eternity. There will
be no tears, no sorrow, no separation, no fear,
no suffering of any kind, but only happiness
and joy and glory forever and ever. " I have
said, you are gods, and all of you the sons of
the Most High."
3 And this glory and happi-
ness we can earn through prayer, fasting, giving of alms,
in a word, through good works !


To be continued...


1 2 Cor. 12.
2 Psalm 32. 9
3 Psalm 81. 6.

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