Grace given and earned
In a previous blog I wrote that by observance and many conversations I was inclined to think that the notion of grace or any catholic understanding of this golden gift did not exist in the minds and thoughts of catholics as it should. Like me, even though I wrote those words, I lean towards not incomprehensibility, but I hope for a mystical understanding. Well what I say is since Vat 2 and the style of ecumenism it promoted and still promotes, it is easier to accept the majority opinion; and without causing dissent, we should move on to less exhausting discussions. In fact a man I talk with sometimes who should know better said he has become less critical. What he meant was more accommodating to schisms and close to heresy. What, I ask, is the damage done to his soul and his eternal life?
Again in the previous blog I mentioned the grace or knowledge that is in us, existing as a memory of the Beatific Vision in which we were formed in God's essence. Although crushed under the weight of original sin and concupiscence. Is this actual grace or is it gratuitous or is it inherent? Actual grace is a grace that strengthens our minds to do good and resist evil. This I feel makes actual grace in the meaning of the word actual and is to me I must admit as I think about actual grace and through reading then turning it over in my mind, the grace that drives us to remember God is perhaps part of the sanctifying grace that comes by being without sin. We are formed sinless and destined to be saints, thus inheriting sanctifying grace as members of God's family; only to follow Adam and Eve, out of the garden of God’s paradisic thoughts, following them into the Garden of pride and hatred. This changes when the heart beats and the heart is united to our soul and we receive the intentions of God for our spiritual destiny, including I add our gender. “And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them” It is at or we are at all times God's creation and it is in direct opposition to God's wishes for us to interfere with the works of His mind. We are neither, male or female, until we receive His Idea of what we are to be. The heart beats, a professor at Leeds University discovered after 4 days when the “egg has been fertilized”, A quote from the Homiletic and Pastoral Review in the 1980's. With instruments more sensitive and competent today it would not surprise me if scientists could be more exact today. Unfortunately it would be at this time that, very definitely shortly after we become sinners with Adam's inheritance replacing God's. We were to receive all Adam and Eve's inheritance, “And to Adam he said: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat, cursed is the earth in thy work; with labor and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life”. To those who do not believe in the context of original sin, or the loss of original innocence I ask, “ Is that paradise outside your window?”
What then is the grace we call Sanctifying? It makes us saints and children of God, and through it we are to know Him, love Him and serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever in the next. What then does sanctifying grace do? It gives us access to our Patrimony in God, the use of His intellect according to level of the state of grace we are in. By Divine Contemplation and our Mystical Life, we climb the ladder of perfection or as it is known, “The Ladder of Divine Ascent”. Divine Contemplation moves us up through prayer, compunction, meditation, contemplation. We approach the golden silence of ecstasy, perhaps to being a victim soul. A soul of God's specific choosing, that is drawn into whichever of God's sufferings He deigns to choose for us and we accept.
Most of us never reach compunction, the stage of realization in which we see how small we are in comparison to God and how much suffering and sorrow we have caused Him. It is now we shed tears, sometimes violent in a rite of purification. This rite we can never understand as it is our soul that weeps. Then our Great God gives us thoughts on which we meditate. Thoughts that show us how much He did for us and how much we do not do. Until we enter into a wordless conversation with God Himself, seeing??, knowing??, the beauty of God's love for us.
Again I urge you all to consult with your parish priest or another competent authority in the Church. Ask Him for advice on the truth in what you have just read. Remember if the Church has not written of the subject with a definite version of the subject then it is not wrong but it is not yet acceptable. Who knows it may become so. As a man said they are just your opinions, he's right but are they reasonable suggestions and helpful to your knowledge of God. Or did he say it out of envy and the dreadful danger of sinning against the Holu Spirit seen by envy of another's spiritual good?
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