When I Am Weak, Then Am I Powerful

“By nature a man is a servant of God; by grace he is made His child. He ascends a step in the ladder of beings, is placed in a new relation to God, to his fellow-men, and to corporal things, and enters a new sphere of life, one which is heavenly rather than earthly. Man in his natural state is composed of two natures—a corporal and a spiritual. Again, there are in him two men, an outward and inward man, to whom the Apostle gives the name of ‘a mortal and an immortal man’ (2 Cor 4:16). Since we cannot serve both natures at the same time, we must subject the corporal to the spiritual. But as the flesh should serve the spirit, so should our spirit serve God and His grace; for as the spirit is superior to the flesh, so is grace superior to the spirit. If the spirit subjects itself to the flesh, it is drawn down to the level of the flesh and becomes carnal itself; but if it gives itself up to grace, and is penetrated and moved by it, it becomes in a measure Divine.”

“In the same measure in which we co-operate with grace, and tend towards the Author of grace, the Father of light, we are filled with His light and glory and partake of His nature. Lest, however, we should forget, as Lucifer and our first parents forgot, that of ourselves we are nothing, and that we owe all we possess to the goodness of God, He has given us a powerful reminder in the ‘sting of our flesh,’ for our chastisement, our confusion, and our wholesome humiliation. But even this knowledge of our weakness and the lowliness of our origin should not rob us of the sense of our heavenly dignity. For with the Apostle we may say: ‘I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. For which cause I please myself in my infirmities: . . . for when I am weak then am I powerful.’ (2 Cor 12:9-10)”

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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