Prerogatives of Divine Grace

Alice Lady Lovat concludes her exposition of Father Juan Eusebio Nieremberg’s seventeenth century treatise “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia” by discussing some prerogatives of Divine grace. Here and in the following posts, we shall read about these privileges, which God bestows upon His children.

Lovat writes: “Since grace makes us dearly beloved children of God, and He embraces us in ineffable tenderness in His only begotten Son, we may be confident that He will provide for us with paternal solicitude. ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His justice, and all these things shall be added to you’ (Matt 6:33), said our Saviour. This kingdom of God is no other than grace by which God reigneth in us, and by which we are called to reign with Him.”

“If we seek heaven only, earth will likewise be ours; ay, everything is ours if we belong to Christ and to God. ‘All things are yours,’ writes St. Paul to the Corinthians, ‘whether it be Paul, or Apollo, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; for all are yours; and you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s’ (1 Cor 3:21-23).”

“The Saints are ours to assist us; life is ours to make us happy in God; death to bring us to Him; the world because it is subject to us and was created for us.”

“God compares His paternal solicitude to that of a mother in order to extol it even more, saying: ‘If a woman should forget her infant, yet will I not forget thee’ (Isa 49:15). ‘Hearken unto Me, O house of Jacob,’ He exclaims; ‘I have made you, and I will bear; I will carry, and will save’ (Isa 46:3-4). ‘He that touches you,’ He says through the prophet Zacharias, ‘toucheth the apple of My eye’ (Zech 2:8). And, again, it was said of Him: ‘He hath hid me in His tabernacle; in the day of evil He hath protected me in the secret place of His tabernacle’ (Ps 26:5).”

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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