“St. Paul says: ‘Support one another in charity, careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, one body and one spirit, as you are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, and one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all.’ (Eph 4:1-6) We are, then, truly made one spirit with God; not as if the substance of our soul ceased to exist, but because it is so intimately united with God, as if, in a certain sense, it formed one whole. In the human body, too, the members are substantially distinct from the head, and the soul from the body. Yet they are really one, because they form a whole and cannot exist apart. So are we made one with God, because, as Christ has said, we abide in Him and He in us.”
“That great mystery is prepared and begun in us which, according to the words of the Apostle, will form the highest perfection of created nature—that God will be All in all. God will be in us not only because He has created us, not only because our whole nature and being is dependent on Him, not only because we are His as the work of His hands and reveal His glory, but because He has drawn us entirely unto Himself, and poured Himself out in us.”
“Let us not fear to lose ourselves in this ineffable union with God. We are lost in an unfathomable abyss, but an abyss not of annihilation, but of the greatest glory and happiness. We lose ourselves to find ourselves again in God, or, rather, to find God Himself with all His glory and beatitude. For the more we are God’s, the more He is ours; the more we live in Him and for Him, the more He lives in us and for us. . . . We also partake in a twofold manner of the Divine beatitude: first by beholding the beauty and bliss of God as He Himself beholds and enjoys it, and again by possessing this glory and bliss by grace.”
“Where may we find a thousand tongues and hearts to praise and love so merciful a Father!”
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).