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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.

"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"The greatest glory we can give to God is to do his will in everything."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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