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Living the Moral Life 56

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God’s grace is also there for us in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. There are primarily two events when Jesus gives us the graces from the Eucharist. First, when we adore Him in the Eucharist and the other is when we receive Him in the Eucharist. But when does He give us those graces? How do we take advantage of those graces?

I hope to give you a couple ways. First, realize that those graces are given whether you realize it or not. Like the person in the “Footprint in the Sands” story. The person looks back on life and sees two sets of footprints when things were going well and only one when things got rough. They complain to God who reminds them that those footprints are His and He was carrying the person. Grace was there the whole time, but they just did not see it. Do we ever stop and see the bottom part of the glass that is full? If somebody is thirsty and sees a cup half full of water, do they complain to the glass because the other part of the glass is empty, without drinking the other half? It would be silly to leave the glass entirely without taking a drink of the full part of the glass. When someone who is thirsty sees the half full glass, they should know what to do with it. They would drink from it. In the same way, if you see God’s grace, you should know what to do with it. Do you know what to do with the grace God gives you when you see it?
When someone gives you a glass of water, the proper thing to do is thank them. Do we thank God for the graces? This disposition of the soul helps us take advantage of God’s grace more fully. Humility helps us have the wisdom to use these graces well. It helps us recognize the grace and therefore use them. How can we use them if we do not recognize them? Some graces are just there and make their effects without us knowing them. But God still wants us to cooperate with His grace. The graces of wisdom, counsel, knowledge and understanding help our intellect. These help us in planning things. If the grace helps our strength, it probably had to do with our passions. Think about the nature of those graces. That can help you discern how to cooperate with God’s grace.
When you go to adoration, how does it affect your soul? Do you find yourself more at peace? Do you have more energy? Is your mind more stimulated? Do things in your life seem to make more sense? Do you find you have more time than when you would not have spent an hour with Jesus? An hour “wasted” with Jesus can make up for many hours beating yourself over the head on something that is not working well. So first, recognize the graces you get. Then discern their nature to help you discern how God wants you to use them. Don’t let them slip by without you (or others) benefiting from them.

Author: stjosephstmary

We are two Catholic Churches close to downtown Freeport, IL. Our communities are over 150 years old and have been dedicated to our lord Jesus Christ since our inception. We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was concieved by the Holy Spirit, born of ythe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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