Children of God Led by His Spirit

“Sanctifying grace makes us children of God; as such we may rightly expect from our heavenly Father the help of His Holy Spirit to develop and foster our supernatural life and guide us in all our ways. By grace we are made living members of Christ. And ‘Christ,’ as the Council of Trent tells us, ‘incessantly imparts His strength to the justified as the head imparts strength to the members, and the vine to its branches; and their good works are preceded and accompanied and followed by this strength, and without it they could in no wise be meritorious to God, or acceptable.'”

“This assistance is a staff placed in our hands, and remains in our possession as long as we ourselves do not cast it away. When we are in a state of grace, the Holy Ghost dwells in us as in a temple. He constantly speaks to our heart, teaches us every truth, urges us to the pursuit of all good, warns us against sin, strengthens us in the hour of danger, and supports us when we stumble or are about to fall. Thus are the words of Scripture verified in us: ‘The Lord led him about, and taught him; and He kept him as the apple of His eye. As the eagle enticing her young to fly, and hovering over them, He spread His wings, and hath taken him, and carried him on His shoulders.’ (Dt 32:10-11)”

“The children of God are led by His Spirit, as the Apostle says, and their actions become, as it were, the actions of Christ Himself. He is the Soul and Root of their life, and He works through them. ‘The Divine Spirit,’ writes St. Francis of Sales, ‘acts in, by, and for us so admirably that, though our actions are our own, they still belong more to Him than to ourselves. We perform them in Him and by His direction, while He performs them in us; we act for Him while He acts for us, and co-operate with Him while He co-operates with us.'”

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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