A Heavenly Inheritance

“God, in bestowing His grace upon us, imparts at the same time a goodness and supernatural beauty whereby we receive the fruit of this favour, and remain worthy of it. He, thus, not only loves us in and through His Son, as His children, but He really impresses upon us the image of His Son, and makes us resemble Him, that we may be truly His children. ‘For whom He foreknew He also predestinated to be made conformable to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born amongst many brethren’ (Rom 8:29). He wills that we put on His only begotten Son, that we receive the impress of His features upon us, and that we be clothed with His Divine life; and this He accomplishes when He receives us into His paternal bosom, and by the Holy Ghost gives birth to us in the waters of regeneration.”

“‘That which is born of the flesh is flesh’ (Jn 3:6), said our Saviour to Nicodemus; it must be born again of water and the Holy Ghost in order to become spiritual and be raised to a spiritual life. Accordingly, St. James says: ‘The Father of Lights, from whom comes every best and perfect gift . . . hath of His own will begotten us by the word of truth’ (Jas 1:17-18).”

“We have a nature infinitely different from the Divine; and, as St. Athanasius tells us, we are first created and afterwards generated of God, whilst the Son receives His being solely by this generation and has the same substance as the Father. Nevertheless, our relation as children of God to our heavenly Father is incomparably more intimate than that of adopted children to their parent.”

“Those whom God adopts He makes new men; He forms them after His own image and that of His Son; He seals them with His own Holy Spirit as the seal of their dignity and the pledge of their inheritance.”

“St. Peter therefore teaches: ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy hath regenerated us unto a lively hope . . . unto an inheritance incorruptible, that cannot fade, reserved in heaven for you’ (1 Pt 1:3-4).”

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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