Tag: Grace

Spiritual Dispositions for Holy Communion

“To be in a state of grace is the minimal disposition necessary to receive holy Communion, but when it comes to receiving Love why would anyone settle for the minimum?” – Fr. James Brent


The Effects of Holy Communion

“Each time you and I receive holy communion, we should expect a new propulsion of love for God to break forth from the depths of our souls, and we should be on the lookout for it.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P.


Return to Grace

“Obedience to His love is the foundation of humility, and humility opens the door of the soul to grace. It seems, then, that what God wants most of us this Lent is to return to grace.” – Debra Black


Works of Love

“The measure of love is not the magnitude of the outward act, or even the torments it involves, but the depth of love secretly at work in the heart.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P.


The Pathways of Metanoia

“By grace, the eyes of the heart are capable of knowing God inwardly and intimately on the most familiar terms of love – experiencing his Presence. When it comes to this higher and deeper sort of knowing, however, you and I are like the blind men in the gospel stories.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P.


The Growth of Grace

“The life of grace in our souls is also sometimes compared to a marriage. Wedding days are a moment of great beauty because it is the beginning of a union between a man and a woman. Yet, the wedding day is only a beginning.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P.


The Forgiveness of Sins Part 2

“From the first moment of conception, something deep is missing from the human soul – something that God meant human beings to receive.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P.  


The Forgiveness of Sins Part 1

“‘I believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins,’ says the Nicene Creed. There is much more packed into that little article of faith than first meets the eye.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P. 


The Grace of Filial Adoption

“What we receive in our baptism is amazing. Something of the eternal Son’s very own relation to the Father, a true share in his eternal Sonship, has been planted in our hearts by grace. As a result of such a stupendous grace, something of the Son’s own Life of standing before the Father in the Spirit of Love is now the life of our hearts too.” – Fr. James Brent, O.P.

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