The Night of Faith; The Light of Faith

“If by grace we partake of the nature of God, we must also partake of the knowledge proper to the Divine Nature. We must, as the Apostle says, know God in the same manner as we are known. Only when grace is perfected in us in the light of glory will this take place in a perfect manner; but even in the land of exile God will not forsake His children. Even here they shall know Him, and their own dignity and the greatness of their inheritance. And as no one knows the Father but Himself, and His Son with the Holy Ghost, He must reveal Himself by His own Word; and since we cannot by nature grasp or comprehend this Divine Word, He has endowed us with a supernatural light and strength whereby we may attain to this knowledge. Our Blessed Saviour says, ‘No one can come to Him except the Father draw him’ by that supernatural attraction which transcends all earthly experience.”

“Grace bestows on us a supernatural light and a supernatural strength, both of which are necessary for Divine faith. In order to believe it is necessary to know that it is God Himself who speaks to us. This we may know by our natural reason; but unless God illuminated our mind and purified our heart we should be incapable of grasping Divine truth or making any act worthy of salvation. For the truths of religion are of so sublime a nature that the light of reason is as insufficient to understand them as to reveal them to us.”

“A man born blind may receive an accurate account of objects invisible to him, but they must still remain unknown and incomprehensible to him. Our condition with regard to supernatural truth would be the same if God, who reveals them to us by His Word, did not at the same time infuse into us the supernatural light of grace and bring home these truths to us by means of it.”

“Let us not be afraid, therefore, to submit our reason obediently to faith. . . . Faith, then, is a night in comparison to the day of eternal glory; but it is a night illumined with heavenly light, and is as the brightest day in contrast with the light of sense and reason.”

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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