Grace is a free gift from God that is necessary for our salvation. Are we responding to it? Grace enlightens the Mind and strengthens the Will. It also makes us friends of God. The amount and frequency of Grace we receive is up to us in how we do or not respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We must always remember that mortal sin (our souls are separated entirely from God) and Sanctifying Grace are incompatible! Living a life in a state of Grace is indispensable for growth in holiness! These are huge stakes, and eternity is on the line. Now is the time to seek the paths of Grace and reap the gifts Our loving Lord has waiting for us.
In this particular program Mark and Frances discuss the simply yet remarkable life of a Secular Carmelite from Spain named Josefa Naval Girbes who lived from 1820 – 1893. Blessed Josefa lived a perfectly simple life, opening her home as a school for embroidery. She used the quiet hours of labor to instruct her young female students about the Catholic faith. She was well known for instructing her girls that their primary mission in life should be to “sanctify yourself and sanctify others.” Despite her remarkable simplicity, she had a very disciplined approach to her pursuit of holiness, and is also remembered for her rather direct counsel to “Reach holiness, no matter what the Cost.” This simple woman, who chose to live in the world, perfectly fulfilled God’s will by living a life of holiness, but also by bearing remarkable fruit in helping so many others to pursue a life in Union with God.