Grace: Spiritual Light and Warmth

“The parallel between the sun’s rays and the light of Divine grace may be drawn out at great length. For as light penetrates and transforms and vivifies material bodies with which it comes in contact, so does grace penetrate the soul, and transform it with Divine beauty and splendour. As light illumines the eye, enabling it to see objects which otherwise would be invisible to it, so does grace light up the eye of the soul, or, rather, grants it a new organ of vision by which it may behold a new world. By reason we only perceive the exterior side of truth—that is, the reflex of truth, in the created world, but not the eternal truth itself in its innermost nature. By the light of grace we are enabled to perceive here by faith, hereafter by vision, that life invisible whence the visible world was produced. It introduces us even into the bosom of God, and lets us look into the mysterious depths which only the Eternal Father and His only begotten Son, and the Holy Spirit, can in virtue of Their nature behold. For, as St. Paul says, ‘God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath Himself shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus’ (2 Cor 4:6).”

“Light gives out heat, and when in appearance it is without heat it is only on account of imperfect communication. In the Divine sun, like the material one, light and heat are inseparably united. From the light of the Father and Son proceeds the Divine flame of love, the Holy Ghost; and the action of God in our hearts kindles not only the light of faith, but also that of His Divine love.”

“The light of the sun calls forth life which had been dormant, and preserves and invigorates it. Grace has the same effect on the soul. As a mirror on which the sunlight has been thrown reproduces perfectly the features which are reflected in it, so through Divine grace the true and living image of God is reproduced in our minds and hearts, and this imaging of God will be vivid in proportion to their holiness and purity. The less we defile our soul with venial sin, or stain it with too great attachment to creatures, the more will the light of grace dwell in us and illumine our soul.”

“Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.”

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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