Part I, Chapter 3

  1. Does grace surpass all the miraculous works of God?
  2. Although we do not produce grace in ourselves, how can we prepare ourselves for grace and make ourselves worthy of it?
  3. How is grace more sublime and glorious than the workings of miracles?
  4. How does God communicate His grace?
  5. What is the most worthwhile work for man?
  6. You may easily raise yourself from death – not of the body, but of the soul – from an eternal death to an eternally blissful life by one act of what?
  7. What raises us higher above our nature, unites us more closely to God, and causes us to ascend ever more above all the heavens?
  8. Why does grace not excite our wonder and admiration?
  9. Why can’t we see grace?
  10. How may we acquire grace?

2 thoughts on “Part I, Chapter 3

  1. 1. Yes, 2. With divine assistance, we can prepare ourselves for grace, 3. God usually works miracles only in visible things. But by grace, He works in the soul and, in a manner, creates the soul anew, elevates it above its nature, plants in it the germ of supernatural life. He reproduces Himself in it – so to speak – impressing upon it the greatest wonder of God’s omnipotence. It is even greater than His creation of the world out of nothing, 4. God communicates His grace to His Church’s children by her teaching and her Sacraments, 5. The greatest work is to labor to acquire and to merit an increase of grace for yourself and your fellow creatures, 6. By one act of perfect contrition, you can raise yourself from an eternal death to an eternally blissful life, 7. Every degree of grace that we acquire raises us higher above our nature, unites us more closely to God, and causes us to ascend ever more above all the heavens, 8. It is only because it is invisible to our bodily vision and occurs, not rarely and exceptionally, but universally, and according to fixed laws, 9. Grace is not visible because is is a wonder wrought in the soul and not in the body. We cannot see it because we cannot see God, with whom we are united by it, 10. Thanks to God’s infinite love for us, we may acquire grace by our ordinary actions.

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  2. 1. Not only does grace surpass all natural things, it also surpasses all the miraculous works of God. 2.We do not produce grace in ourselves, but we can, with divine assistance, prepare ourselves for grace and make ourselves worthy of it.3. The working of grace is more sublime and glorious than the working of miracles as God only works miracles in visible things. But by grace He works in the soul and in a manner, creates the soul anew, elevates it above its nature, and plants supernatural life in it. 4. He reproduces Himself in it-so to speak-impressing upon it the image of His own nature. Thus, the work of grace is the greatest wonder of god’s omnipotence. 5. But when grace is concerned, God wills that we ourselves, with His assistance, prepare our soul for it, receive it from His hand, preserve and cultivate it and merit its increase. 6. If men only knew what a great deed it is to abandon their past by sincere contrition for their sins, and to begin a new life–by one act of perfect contrition. 7. Every degree of grace that we acquire raises us higher above our nature, unites us more closely to God and causes us to ascend ever more above all the heavens. 8.It is only because it is invisible to our bodily vision and occurs, not rarely and exceptionally, but universally and according to fixed laws.. 9. Grace is not visible because it is a wonder wrought in the soul and not the body. 10.Grace is given according to a universal and fixed law, so that we may acquire it by our ordinary actions, this only reveals still more the infinite love and power of God.

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