We Walk By Faith, Not By Sight

“‘I will be as the Most High,’ was the aspiration of Lucifer when he looked upon the glory and beauty with which his Creator had adorned him, and because he wished to possess this glory independently of God he was condemned. But we cannot give God greater praise and render thanks more pleasing to Him than by confessing that by His grace He will make us similar to Himself. Our Lord tells us: ‘Be ye perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect’; and though these words are doubtless to be understood primarily of moral perfection, they may also be interpreted to mean that we shall partake of the other perfections of God. Accordingly, the poor man—destitute, forsaken, despised by all though he sees himself to be—has no reason to envy the rich man surrounded by friends. For if he is in a state of grace he has the Son of God for his friend, the Paraclete abides in him, and he is a sharer in the riches of the Eternal Father; for Christ has said: ‘The kingdom of God is within you.’”

“But you will answer: ‘All these glories are hidden from me, and of what use is a treasure to me if I do not enjoy it?’ True, it is kept from us during our mortal life; for, as St. John says: ‘We are now the sons of God, but it hath not yet appeared what we shall be when we shall see God as He is.’ As long as the sight of God is withheld from us we cannot see the image of His Divine Nature in us. Grace is, so to speak, the dawn of the light of the Divine Sun, which, when it rises upon us in the everlasting day, will penetrate us with its glory and its heat. Until then we must, in the words of the Apostle, walk by faith and not by sight, trusting in God’s unfailing promises. For ‘by faith,’ says St. Peter, ‘we are kept unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time at the appearing of Jesus Christ’ (1 Pt 1:5). And by Him we have the lively hope of ‘an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that cannot fade, reserved in heaven for us’ (1 Pt 1:4). In grace we have the pledge—ay, the root of—our future glorification in soul and body.”

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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