UNBORN WORD of the day

Grace overflowing
July 24, 2007, 12:26 am
Filed under: Incarnation, Quotes from Great Christians


And from His fulness have we all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16

“St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that Mary’s fulness of grace increased notably at the Incarnation through the presence of the Word of God made flesh.”

“…Mary was, of all creatures, the one who entered into closest contact with Him in His humanity since He took flesh in her womb. Hence, it was appropriate that she should have received a notable increase of grace at the Incarnation.”

“Speaking of the time when the Body of the Saviour was formed in Mary’s virginal womb, Fr. Hugon says: ‘She must have made uninterrupted progress in grace during those nine months – ex opere operato, as it were – through her permanent contact with the Author of holiness. If her plentitude of grace is incomprehensible at the time of the Incarnation, what must it have been at the Nativity…'”

“As we have said, grace is an effect of God’s active love for his creature…Hence His love for her produces grace in her soul – such an abundance of grace as to be capable of overflowing on souls.”

Father Reginald Garrigou-LaGrange, O.P., The Mother of the Saviour and Our Interior Life, 1948

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