119 – “No one can know if they are touched by grace. Grace is how much light there is in the soul”

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A well known fact in the life of Saint Joan of Arc occurred when she was interrogated by the inquisition. When questioned as to whether or not she was in the state of grace, her answer reflected wisdom, truth and faith: ‘If I am not, may God put me there; if I am, may God keep me so.’

Six centuries later, a similar question was repeated, this time posed not to a saint, but rather to the man who occupies the Chair of Peter. Both individuals gave short responses, but with an astonishing doctrinal difference.

We know by Catholic teaching that grace is a supernatural gift infused by God in our soul, making us participants of his life and heirs of heaven. No one may know for sure if they are in the state of grace. However, the truths of Revelation, a good conscience and many other indications permit us to perceive its action within us, according to the testimonies of various saints. ‘For a tree is known by its fruit’ (Mt 12: 33).

So what are we to think of the comparisons of dubious orthodoxy pronounced by the Bishop of Rome? Is it legitimate to sacrifice theological accuracy, and when in speaking publicly with a militant atheist?

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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I – Fundamental notions regarding divine grace
II – Man has absolute necessity of grace in order to avoid sin and reach heaven
III – When is grace received and when is it lost? Is it possible for an atheist to receive grace without knowing it and without corresponding in any way?
IV – Does a Catholic entirely ignore the working of grace in his soul?
V – The duty of the Pope is to conquest souls for the life of grace, not confirm them in error


I – Fundamental notions regarding divine grace


Sacred Scripture

Grace is the gift of God; through it we been saved

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Grace is a participation in the life of God introducing us into the intimacy of Trinitarian life

Catechism of Saint Pius X

Apostles

John Paul II

By grace, man is called to familiarity with God, to intimacy and friendship with Him
Through the gift of grace, man is brought into the supernatural reality of the divine life

Saint Augustine of Hippo

We have been made sons of God, we have been made gods: fellow-heirs with Christ
By grace we are cleansed from sin and led onwards to the fullest perfection

Saint Thomas Aquinas

In order to live righteously a man needs a twofold help of God’s grace

Catechism of Saint Pius X

Grace is divided into sanctifying grace and actual grace

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The difference between sanctifying and actual grace

John Paul II

With grace comes all the new virtues which constitute the fabric of the supernatural life

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Sanctifying grace: origin of virtues and gifts
The theological virtues are infused into the souls to make them capable of acting as God’s children

II – Man has absolute necessity of grace in order to avoid sin and reach heaven


Saint Thomas Aquinas

Whoever denies that grace is necessary for salvation ought to be anathematized
Humans need divine help – grace - to obtain the ultimate end
Eternal life cannot be had except through grace
Man cannot produce meritorious works proportionate to everlasting life; he needs the force of grace
Man by himself cannot rise from sin without the help of grace
The effect of the Divine love in us, which is taken away by sin, is grace – hence there is no remission of guilt, without the infusion of grace
Without grace humans can do absolutely no supernatural good

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Without God’s grace no one can live rightly
Except by this royal way no man shall be delivered
Unrepentant sinners treasure up unto themselves wrath against the day of wrath

Celestine I

No one, even if renewed by the grace of baptism, is able to overcome the snares of the devil or subdue the passions of the flesh unless he receives the daily help of God’s grace

XV Synod of Carthage

The grace of God is necessary: ‘Without me you can do nothing’

III – When is grace received and when is it lost? Is it possible for an atheist to receive grace without knowing it and without corresponding in any way?


Council of Trent

Through the merit of Christ’s passion, humans receive grace, whereby they are made just

John Paul II

After sin, the Redemption became the source of man’s supernatural endowment
The Church is the visible dispenser of the sacred signs, while the Holy Spirit acts in them as the invisible dispenser

Catechism of Trent

Grace is the principal effect of the Sacraments

Eugene IV

The sacraments of the New Law contain grace, and confer it upon those who receive them worthily

Stephan I

Whoever has been baptized immediately obtains the grace of Christ

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Those who enslaved themselves to sin through their own fault do not receive grace

Council of Trent

Grace is lost by any mortal sin

IV – Does a Catholic entirely ignore the working of grace in his soul?


Catechism of the Catholic Church

A reflection on God’s blessings in our life offers us a guarantee that grace is at work in us

Council of Trent

Though far removed from the senses, God showed the reality of grace by the evidence of miracles

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Anyone may know he has grace, when he is conscious of delighting in God, and of despising worldly things, and inasmuch as he is not conscious of any mortal sin

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Our free will can do nothing better for us than to submit itself to be led by God, without doubting that it was helped to do it by Him

Saint Teresa of Avila

Graces are in no way secret but evident; they make quite an uproar

Sacred Scripture

God revealed that Saint Paul was in the state of grace: ‘My grace is sufficient for you’
The Apostle said: ‘I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been ineffective’

Benedict XVI

In Saint Paul the power of God’s grace served as an inner ‘lever’ with which God could propel him onwards

John Paul II

It is necessary to pray to obtain the grace of God, and to be able to cooperate with it

Saint Bede the Venerable

Saint Matthew followed Our Lord moved by the interior impulse of grace

Saint Augustine of Hippo

The irresistible movement of grace in Saint Augustine’s soul, which led him to conversion
He who knows the Truth knows that Light

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

The Doctor Mellifluus publicly commended the work of God’s grace in himself

Saint Teresa of Avila

The Three Divine Persons sometimes act in a soul in grace in a manner that is ‘seen’ by that soul
True security comes from the testimony of a good conscience

Saint Therese of Lisieux

The Doctor of the Little Way recognized having received very special graces

Saint Augustine of Hippo

It is necessary to have humility to accept the truth of grace

Sacred Scripture

‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’

V – The duty of the Pope is to conquest souls for the life of grace, not confirm them in error


Saint Catherine of Siena

The Pope must consider the evil of the loss of grace in souls
The Pope should be exemplary in his words, habits and deeds

Vatican Council I (Ecumenical XX)

The See of Saint Peter always remains unblemished by error to protect the flock of Christ

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    2 thoughts on “119 – “No one can know if they are touched by grace. Grace is how much light there is in the soul”

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    1. I do really remenber very well when I went to Dozulé that after having washed my face into the water how different I felt and how quicly I returned to the Sacrements with the help of the Holy Spirit. I could no longer could watch sex on movies or evil things. The holy Spirit gave me the state of Grace and things were completly different. My whole life had changed and since then I do know pretty well if I sin or not And if yes I feel that I must get to confession rapidly.

      So if Francis doesn’t know if he is in a state of Grace it’s because he isn’t … that as simply as that

      God bless us xx

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