Grace to Merit Heaven

“The infinitely Precious Blood of the Son of God could alone purchase this grace for us, and the virtue communicated to the works performed by us in and by it is so great as to give them a very high value in the eyes of our heavenly Father. The great and primary distinction between Christ and ourselves is that His merit was due to His natural dignity, and was so abundant that it was sufficient for all Angels and all men; whilst we have received our dignity through Him, and can merit heaven only for ourselves.”

“St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that the value and merit of our actions is to be measured, not by our natural power and dignity, which are but finite, but by the infinite power and dignity of the Holy Ghost who resides in us.”

“When shall we ever be able to appreciate this gift of God, which is the source of all other blessings and gifts? Grace it is which causes all our actions, and the sufferings and trials which we meet with in our journey through life, to become so meritorious in the sight of God that it could be said of them: ‘For that which is at present momentary and light of our tribulation, worketh for us above measure exceedingly an eternal weight of glory’ (2 Cor 4:17).”

“With grace all that we do is meritorious in His sight. We have but to pronounce the Holy Name with devotion, to offer up our actions and thoughts to God, to give a cup of cold water in His name to a disciple, to suffer the trials and sorrows of life in union with His, and we have merited an eternal reward. In grace nothing is small and insignificant. Dipped in grace, the base metal of our actions is changed into pure gold, and is made capable of purchasing heaven and the vision of God for all eternity.”

“Let us never forget, we stand higher in the sight of God, for every exercise of this privilege of accumulating merits, in proportion to the love and the frequency with which we perform these acts.”

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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