So Great a Gift, So Great a Guest

“‘Great is the mystery of this grace,’ says St. Leo, ‘and this gift which exceeds all gifts—namely, that God should call man son, and man should call God Father. . . . If among men it redounds to their glory that the splendour of ancestry should be reflected by its posterity, is it not far more glorious that those born of God should exhibit the image of their Father? As the Lord Himself says: Let your light so shine before men, that seeing your good works they may glorify your Father who is in heaven.'”

“The Son of God reminds us of our sublime destiny in the words: ‘Be you perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.’ Because we are children of God, we must not be satisfied by leading a life of natural goodness; but, conscious of our high dignity, we must seek to imitate our good and merciful God Himself.”

“If we are really children of God, then He will indeed be with us, and, ‘if God be for us, who is against us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or persecution, or the sword? But in all these things we overcome because of Him that hath loved us.’ (Rom 8:31-37)”

“We must consider ourselves as pilgrims upon earth, journeying towards our heavenly country; and our life therefore should be conformable to the one to which we are destined. Far from attaching our hearts to the things of this world, and seeking our happiness in it, we should rather sigh and lament that our ‘sojourning is prolonged,’ and that we are not in our true home.”

“Let us also, as St. Leo bids us, ‘put off the old Adam with his works, and, being made partakers of the generation of Christ, let us renounce the works of the flesh. Recognize your dignity. . . . By the sacrament of Baptism you have been made a temple of the Holy Ghost; take care not to drive away so great a Guest by evil works; for the price of your purchase is the blood of Christ, and He will judge you in justice who has redeemed you in mercy.'”

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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