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About Grace & Who is My Mother

Fr. Walter J. Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

July 21, 1998
   
 

16th Week Year    MT 12: 46-50   1JN 4:12    1COR:4-16                        

 SAM  6:30 AM

SAM = St Augustine Monastery,  Nova Scotia, Canada

 

A TELEVISION ANNOUNCER was riding a Bus.....looking at a pretty little girl sitting next to  her Mother.   He asked her...”where did you get those beautiful blue eyes?  The girl answered.....”God gave them to me.”  Both the Mother & the Announcer were a bit surprised...but certainly not offended by the wisdom of the child.

OUR BLESSED LADY, the Mother of Jesus  our Savior...& God in Heaven were NOT offended either when her Son said:  “whoever does the Will of My heavenly Father...is My Mother, Brother & Sister to Me.”

IN OUR MODERN TECHNOLOGICAL AGE...we have reached the stage where DNA, Parental & Individual  Identity...can be very accurately determined by testing.....even when many Decades,...even hundreds of years have passed.   DNA testing has just been released on the Shroud of Turin....indicating that the Shroud does indeed date from the time of Christ.

NOW SUPPOSE WE APPLY all this reasoning....to our relationship with Our Lord, Our Lady & Grace itself.  How can anyone tell if we are Christ’s followers?   Do we Honor, Love & Serve Him?   Our Lord Himself gives the answer as stated above.  If we do the Will of His Heavenly Father...then we show that we are.....living & acting under God’s Grace filled influence.

GOD EMBRACES US with His Divine Love.  There are many citations in the New Testament stressing that ....the Holy Spirit DWELLS in us.    Here are just a few:

1JN 4:12:  “If we love one another, God abides in us...& His Love is perfected in us...& that we know that we abide in Him & He in us.”   1COR 4:16  “you are the Temple of God...& the Spirit of God DWELLS.....Holy is the Temple of God....& this Temple you are.”  2TIM 1:14 

Guard the good trust through the Holy Spirit....& this Temple you are.”

CHRIST TOLD US WE will come to you....& WE will be IN you.  God is present TO us...& God is present IN us.  HOW?....by His GRACE.  All this is part of the Wonderful World of Grace.

Divine Grace is FREELY given to us by God.  We do not earn it by ourselves, nor do we deserve it.

WE FREELY ACCEPT & COOPERATE or use this Grace.  We say YES to & follow His Grace wherever it leads us.  WE try to do this daily in Love...& with Faith.   SO God is actually operating IN us by means of His Grace.

THERE ARE SEVEN (7) SACRAMENTS...no more, no less: Baptism, Penance, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Sacrament of the Sick (Extreme Unction, Holy Orders & Matrimony. Each of the seven Sacraments gives us a special & unique Grace in & of themselves. It’s like taking Pills...they work by themselves.  We call this Sanctifying Grace....”to make Holy”....which increases the Virtue in our Souls....& a growing Love of God.   All this is an on-going process.  It never stops because Christ is God - 2nd Person of the Blessed Trinity...& God’s Love is without limit.

 It is Endless...Infinite!

OUR LORD DID TELL US all this works...when He likened Grace to the BRANCHES connected to the VINE.  He Said:  “I am the VINE...& you are the BRANCHES.  Then He added:...”without ME...you can do NOTHING.”  Branches severed from the Vine will soon wither & die....& the same is true with us. We very much need this Grace of God to reach Heaven...to live our Lives FOR God...& IN God.

DO YOU THINk anyone could identify you as a follower of Christ?...one who LOVES Him so much that you would be willing to Die a Martyr’s Death for the Love of Christ?  If you had to fill out a form that Read:     FATHER: = God,     MOTHER = Church,     NEXT OF KIN = Jesus, RELATIONSHIP: = Brother.  Do you anyone could Look at your Life...AND PROVE IT?  If so, then be Happy & Grateful. If NOT, then work on it with that Grace...that God gives you every day!

   
 
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