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The Grace of a Call, the Grace to Follow


With grace we are dealing with something other: it cannot be measured in the way that money can be counted and possessions can be reckoned up.

christking One must learn to recognize it as grace in life and suffering, in daily converse with God.

God always precedes us with his grace, and in every individual life there is something fine and good that we can easily recognize as grace, as the beam of light of divine goodness, if we only keep the eyes of our heart open.  And if we do that, if we first of all have learned to recognize God in his goodness, then we can also learn to have trust in the dark ways that God always goes ahead of us as grace, that he means well towards us.



Benedict Pope Benedict XVI. "The Grace of a Call, the Grace to Follow." from The Yes of Jesus Christ: Exercises in Faith, Hope and Love(New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1991).

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The Author

Benedict73smBenedict72Pope Benedict XVI is the author of Jesus of Nazareth, Vol II, Jesus of Nazareth, Vol I, Caritas in Veritate: Charity in Truth, Saved in Hope: Spe Salvi, God Is Love: Deus Caritas Est,The End of Time?: The Provocation of Talking about God, Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions, Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam, Salt of the Earth: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church at the End of the Millennium, God and the World: Believing and Living in Our Time, In the Beginning: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall, The Spirit of the Liturgy, The Ratzinger Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church, Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Introduction to Christianity, Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today, Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977, Behold the Pierced One, and God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life.

Copyright © 1991 The Crossroad Publishing Company
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