Divine Grace Confers Peace

“Who can describe how loving the intercourse is between the devout soul and God; how He reveals His innermost nature to her, makes known His holy mysteries to such a soul, and infuses into her a peace which transcends all understanding?”

“If the Blessed Trinity is present within us, this presence cannot be without fruit. God is a living God, and the Holy Spirit is the breath of Divine life. He must, then, dwell in us as the soul of our soul, and inspire it with a new life.”

“In grace we take possession of the highest and infinite good not only by hope, but in truth and in reality. Already in our inmost heart we may embrace it and taste its sweetness. By grace we bear God truly and substantially within us. . . . By grace we embrace Him with the arms of holy charity. . . . By the union with God through grace, we experience even in this life at times a joy and sweetness such as no pleasure of the senses ever gave or ever could give, and which are a very foretaste of heaven.”

“Grace confers upon the soul that sweet and secure peace which the Son of God came on earth to establish in the hearts of men of good-will—that peace of Christ of which St. Paul says: ‘The peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’ (Phil 4:7).”

“As peace is the principal fruit of grace, so it is the first condition of happiness. So heavenly is this peace that the world, though it promises many things, does not even undertake to give us peace. And yet without it where is true happiness to be found? And possessed of this great treasure, were we to lose all else, should sorrow and trials of every kind assail us, as long as we possess God we possess all; for He alone suffices, and where He is there is true peace and happiness.”

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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