One of the Best Deals God Offers

By Marc Massery

Are you a bargain shopper? 

If you like good deals, then you’ll appreciate this quote from St. Faustina’s Diary. Jesus says to her:  

I desire to bestow My graces upon souls, but they do not want to accept them. You, at least, come to Me as often as possible and take these graces they do not want to accept. In this way you will console My Heart (367).

Nothing is more valuable on this earth than grace, and there’s plenty for the taking. 

There are at least two different kinds of grace: sanctifying grace and actual grace. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we receive sanctifying grace at Baptism. Sanctifying grace is “an habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God, to act by his love ” (2000). 

In other words, sanctifying grace makes us better able to recognize and cooperate with God's actual graces. The stronger sanctifying grace becomes within us, through prayer, the Sacraments, and practicing virtue, the greater our capacity to recognize His actual graces. But what is actual grace? The Catechism continues: “actual graces … refer to God’s interventions, whether at the beginning of conversion or in the course of the work of sanctification.”

In this passage from St. Faustina’s Diary, the Lord is likely referring to actual grace. Actual graces are all the ways that God intervenes in our daily lives to make us holier. 

Though God offers us all actual grace, in this fallen world, the demand for this spiritual commodity is pretty low. Many people reject God's grace entirely. But God doesn’t want these graces to go to waste. Being the generous God that He is, He offers us these actual graces that others reject. Now this is a bargain!

We just need to go to the Lord and ask Him for these graces. Your desire to receive them consoles Christ’s Heart. Like any good Father, He wants to provide us with everything we need to flourish. He’s got so much love, so much grace to give, but He needs people willing to accept Him. 
     
So whatever virtue you desire to grow in, be it chastity, patience, or temperance, or any other virtue, go to the Lord and ask Him for the graces others reject, and He will give them to you. At the same time, we need to offer prayers and sacrifices for those who refuse God’s grace altogether. We need to do our best to receive the graces they reject, in the hopes that through our good works, prayers, and sacrifices, everyone will come to accept God’s mercy and goodness.  

Photo by Jordan Rowland on Unsplash

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Turn to any page of St. Faustina's Diary, and you'll find spiritual gems. 

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