In this lesson, we focus on the transformation of our life by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will also examine the Gospel passage on the tribute to Caesar that is read on the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost.
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Only by receiving the grace of God can mankind receive salvation. In the Traditional Mass, the Gospel reading of the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost is from Matthew 22:15-21, recounting the confounding of the Pharisees by our Blessed Lord. We must truly give to God what is God’s—namely our whole will, and we must continue to frequently receive the Sacraments. This theme is clear to all Catholics this week.
"On Grace" by St. John Vianney
Can we, of our own strength, avoid sin, and practice virtue? No, my children, we can do nothing without the grace of God: that is an article of faith; Jesus Christ Himself taught it to us. See, the Church thinks, and all the saints have thought with her, that grace is absolutely necessary to us, and that without it we can neither believe, nor hope, nor love, nor do penance for our sins. Saint Paul, whose piety was not counterfeit, assures us, on his part, that we cannot of ourselves even pronounce the name of Jesus in a manner that can gain merit for Heaven. As the earth can produce nothing unless it is fertilised by the sun, so we can do no good without the grace of the good God. Grace, my children, is a supernatural assistance which leads us to good; for example, there is a sinner who goes into a church and hears an instruction: the preacher speaks of Hell, of the severity of the judgments of God; he feels himself interiorly urged to be converted; this interior impulse is what is called grace. See, my children, it is the good God taking that sinner by the hand, and wishing to teach him to walk. We are like little children: we do not know how to walk on the road to Heaven; we stagger, we fall, unless the hand of the good God is always ready to support us. O my children! how good is the good God! If we would think of all that He has done, of all that He still does every day for us, we should not be able to offend Him—we should love Him with all our heart; but we do not think of it, that is the reason…. The angels sin, and are cast into Hell. Man sins, and God promises him a Deliverer. What have we done to deserve this favour? What have we done to deserve to be born in the Catholic religion, while so many souls are every day lost in other religions? What have we done to deserve to be baptised, while so many little children in France, as well as in China and America, die without Baptism? What have we done to deserve the pardon of all the sins that we commit after the age of reason, w... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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