PEARLS OF GREAT PRICE
THE WRITTEN LEGACY OF THE SAINTS ABOUT
OUR REGENERATION BY GRACE
Airing Wednesday March 19th, 2014
Heartfelt cooperation with God is the key that unlocks the grace of the Holy Spirit….
St. Diadochos of Photiki, The Philokalia
“Divine Grace confers on us two gifts through the baptism of regeneration, one being infinitely superior to the other. The first gift is given to us at once, when Grace renews us in the actual waters of baptism and cleanses all the ligaments of our soul, that is, the image of God in us, by washing away every stain of sin.
The second–our likeness to God–requires our cooperation. When the intellect begins to perceive the Holy Spirit with full consciousness, we should realize that grace is beginning to paint the divine likeness over the divine image in us. Artists first draw the outline of a man in monochrome, and then add one color after another, until little by little they capture the likeness of the subject down to the smallest details.
In the same way the grace of God starts by remaking the divine image in man into what it was when he was first created. But when it sees us longing with all our heart for the beauty of the divine likeness and humbly standing naked in its atelier, then by making one virtue after another come into flower and exalting the beauty of the soul ‘ from glory to glory’ (2 Cor. 3:18), it depicts the divine likeness on the soul.”
How magnified are Thy works, O Lord! How can we more fully cooperate with the process of our purification so as to allow God’s illumination by Grace to act in us more consistently? Thankfully we have Holy Scriptures and the written legacy of our Saints to help us to understand our part in God’s plan for us. This written legacy of our Church, hidden in biographies and other treasured texts of the Church are the Pearls of Great Price I will be using to guide each podcast and our study of our regeneration by Grace.
Stay tuned for future episodes on my Podcast, Pearls of Great Price airing the first and third Wednesdays of each month on OCN.
Click on the banner for Pearls to go directly to my podcasts.
How magnified are they works O Lord! In Wisdom hast Thou made them all – including you and me!
God Bless you,