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110. The Essence of Grace

1. The grace of God is a gift bestowed on man's soulto enlighten and strengthen it above the measure of its naturallight and strength.

2. Grace is received into the soul as a quality of thesoul. It is a supernatural quality which disposes the soul tosupernatural well-being and supernatural well-doing.

3. Grace is not identical with supernatural virtue; it isprior to such virtue, and is its root. Supernatural virtue is ahabit which works by, through, and with grace.

4. Grace is not, as virtue is, primarily in the powers ofthe soul; it is received into the essence of the soul, and flowsfrom the soul's essence into the soul's powers.

"The one thing necessary which Jesus spoke of to Martha and Mary consists in hearing the word of God and living by it."
R. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"It is well to choose some one good devotion, and to stick to it, and never to abandon it."
St Philip Neri

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