Advancing in Grace Through the Sacraments and Devotion to Mary

“It is, however, in the Sacraments, and above all in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, that God has chosen to reserve the full plenitude of His graces and mercies to man. We receive Him there who is the Author of all good; and He comes, as the Saints tell us, with His arms full of blessings, ready to bestow them on all who have made their hearts empty by humility and large by detachment from creatures. We need not fear to approach Him, for, as He Himself has said, they that are whole need not the physician, but they that are sick. The best beggars are those who are most sorely in need; we have but to own our necessities and show Him our wounds for Him to heal us and send us away comforted. To keep away from Him would be a false humility.”

“By faith we see Him again born on the altar, as He was born in the stable of Bethlehem. By faith we behold Him lifted up by His minister, as He was lifted up long ages ago on the tree of the Cross for the healing of nations. He is there truly present as High Priest and Victim, who is a Priest for ever of the Order of Melchisedech: the Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the just. The Mass should be the central act of our day, as the Passion is the central act of the world’s history.”

“In the Canon of the Mass the priest says: per ipsum, through Him; cum ipso, with Him; in ipso, in Him. Through Him comes all grace and holiness; perseverance comes from walking with Him; in Him is life everlasting.”

“If we wish to make great progress in the spiritual life, we must cultivate a tender devotion to Mary. There is nothing that makes us more pleasing to the Sacred Heart of Jesus than a love of His Blessed Mother. The Saints are unanimous on this point. St. Bernard tells us that she is the channel by which God conveys His blessings on man. . . . Mary earned her astounding privileges by her humility, and in this we should take her in a special manner as our model.”

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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