Sunday, October 11, 2009

Principles and Practices - October 12

He Knows Best

Though God desires the salvation of all mankind and offers to all graces sufficient thereunto, He does not accord to all the same measure of grace. Master of His gifts, He, in His inscrutable and infinite wisdom, predestines some to the reception of great graces, others to be endowed with far lesser ones. In this choice He is not guided by any foreknowledge of the great or lesser degree of fidelity shown by the recipients; no reason can be assigned other than His good pleasure, and His unfathomable wisdom. In all that He does for the less favoured, He is ever guided by goodness and love, and even those miserable ones, who abuse His grace are constrained to acknowledge that they have been the objects of His benefits. 'No soul is lost,' said Our Lord to a saintly Carmelite of Bethlehem, Mary of Jesus Crucified, 'with whom I have not pleaded a thousand times.'

From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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