The Seed of Eternal Life

“The beloved disciple says, ‘In this we know that we abide in God, and He is in us, because He hath given us His Spirit’ (1 John 4:13); the Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity being inseparably united with each other on account of the unity of Their essence; when one is present the two others must also be present. Thus, Our Lord says: ‘If anyone love Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to Him and make Our abode with him’ (John 14:23).”

“God always follows directly His grace; accordingly, whoever receives it receives into his soul the Triune God, an incomparably greater favour than Abraham received when He visited him in his tent under the guise of three strangers.”

“By conferring the Holy Spirit upon us God may be said to breathe with exceeding goodness and kindness His Divine life into our life; He thus converts its natural life into a Divine and supernatural one. He may be said to plant a germ within us, which He irrigates with that living water of which He spoke to the Samaritan woman, when He told her it would become in her a fountain of water springing up into life everlasting.”

“The natural life of the soul is exceedingly precious, more so than the life of all other things on earth. But the sphere of this activity is very limited, as the soul by its natural powers can directly comprehend and enjoy only natural things. Grace amplifies and elevates this sphere immeasurably; it qualifies the soul to know God immediately in His glory, and to receive within itself the highest good, and enjoy it as God Himself enjoys it.”

“Oh that we esteemed this heavenly life of the soul at least as much as the short and miserable life of the body! . . . Our soul by the grace of the Holy Ghost contains the germs of an eternal life; for, as St. Paul says, ‘Though our outward man is corrupted, the inward man is renewed day by day’ (2 Cor 4:16), and this because ‘He that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead shall quicken also your mortal bodies, because of His Spirit that dwelleth in you’ (Rom 8:11).”

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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