Divine Grace: The Greatest Wonder

“Although we do not produce grace in ourselves, yet we can, with the Divine assistance, prepare ourselves for it and make ourselves worthy of it; may encourage and induce others to do the same.”

“The work of grace is the greatest wonder of God’s omnipotence. It is greater than the creation of the world out of nothing, and can only be compared with the unspeakable act of God the Father in which He produced from all eternity His co-equal Son, and in time united with Him a human nature. As supernatural and sublime as is the generation of Christ, so is the infusion of grace into our souls.”

“In working miracles the Saints do but co-operate with God, who acts through and by means of them. But in grace we do more; for God wills that we should with His assistance prepare our souls for it, receive it from His hand, preserve, cultivate, and increase it.”

“No greater work can be given to man to accomplish than to labour to acquire and increase grace in himself and in his fellow-men.”

“Oh if men could only realize the greatness of the act that is performed when by sincere contrition for their past sins they abandon their past and begin a new life.”

“When our souls are in a state of grace, every degree of grace that we acquire raises us higher above our nature and unites us more closely to God. If we could reflect how every good work we perform has the power of increasing our grace, and thus adding to our eternal happiness, we should let no moment pass without loving God, adoring Him, and uniting our acts and intentions with His; we should even rejoice with the Apostles that we are accounted worthy to suffer for the Name of Jesus.”

“The infusion and communication of grace is a miracle of the highest order; why does it not excite our wonder and admiration? Only because it is invisible to our corporal sight, and does not occur, like other miracles, rarely and exceptionally, but universally and according to fixed laws.”

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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