God allows us to be tempted in order to test our virtue and to give us an opportunity to grow and to earn merit. Nonetheless, He takes our capability into account and supplies us with His grace.
Unless we acknowledge our failings and rely on God to help us, we will never be able to turn our lives around and conquer the adverse life circumstances we once chose for ourselves. In God’s eyes, there is no man who is not redeemable. It is we who need to take the first step toward Him in humility.
The humble, repentant sinner has greater value in the eyes of God than the egotistical Pharisee, who has a high opinion of himself and assumes that he merits rewards from God just because he follows a formula for righteousness recommended to him by his religion.
Charisms are graces given for the benefit of others. This is why Saint Paul notes that these are not the most important of graces, because they do not directly sanctify the person who is given the gift: the gift is for others not for oneself.
To understand the difference between sanctifying grace and actual grace, let us imagine a seed that we plant on the ground…
Rev José Mario O Mandíajmom.honlam.org We have seen that the aim of the moral law is not only to show us how to be “nice” and “decent” people. It shows us the way to holiness. Holiness, however, requires an input…
Can we claim a reward for a good deed? Can we merit anything with our works? Or is it God’s grace and mercy alone that saves us?
Mental illness can afflict anyone, be it a saint or a sinner. While saints have had their faith and spiritual life augmented by suffering of this sort, their lives also tell us that those who seek relief must not forget that the very first physician to be sought out is God himself.
It would seem that grace diminishes freedom because it comes from the outside. But St Paul, in his Second Letter to the Corinthians (3:17), tells us: “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”