Called to Dwell With God for Eternity

“God only exists by Himself eternal, immutable, and dependent on no one. Creatures are of themselves nothing; they exist only because God has created them and maintains them in existence. ‘I am who am,’ saith the Lord. And ‘all nations are before Him as if they had no being at all, and counted to Him as nothing and vanity’ (Is 40:17). All creatures, even the immortal spirits, would in virtue of their nature fall back into nothingness if not sustained by the will of God and His good pleasure.”

“Grace therefore, according to St. Paul, is a new creation, and the foundation of a new indestructible kingdom, by means of which we are received into the bosom of the Eternal God by the side of the Eternal Word, by whose power the Father hath created all things and who is co-eternal with Him. Thus, we are called to dwell in the tabernacle of God’s eternity, at the fountain of all being and of all life.”

“Here we need fear neither death nor destruction. Were heaven and earth to pass away, the stars to fall from the heavens and the powers of heaven to be moved, we should not be affected, because we rest, far above creatures, in the bosom of the Creator. Hence the Book of Wisdom says: ‘The just shall live for evermore, and their reward is with the Lord; therefore shall they receive a kingdom of glory, and a crown of beauty at the hand of the Lord, for with His right hand He will cover them, and with His holy arm He will defend them’ (Wis 5:16).”

“Our first parents, following the example of the fallen Angels, willed ‘to be as God.’ Yea, God Himself wills that we be as He; yet not without Him, not outside Him, nor opposed to Him; He wills not that we should make ourselves as other gods to adore ourselves or be adored. He wills that we be as He, but in His bosom, at His heart.”

“What therefore is the folly and crime of the sinner, who rejects the infinite goodness and mercy of God and sets up his judgment and will in opposition to Him!”

Quotations from Alice Lady Lovat, The Marvels of Divine Grace: Meditations Based on the “Glories of Divine Grace” (Original Treatise by Fr. Nieremberg, S.J., Entitled “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia”) (London: R. & T. Washbourne, Ltd., 1917).

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