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John Cassian: “However much human weakness may strive”

16 March 2019

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“However much human weakness may strive, it cannot come up to the future reward, nor by its efforts so take off from Divine grace that it should not remain a free gift. And therefore St. Paul bears witness that he had obtained the grade of the Apostolate by the grace of God, saying: ‘By the grace of God I am what I am.’ Yet also that he had responded to Divine grace, where he says: ‘And His Grace in me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: and yet not I, but the Grace of God with me’ (I Cor. 15:10). For when he says: ‘I labored,’ he shows the effort of his own will; when he says: ‘yet not I, but the Grace of God,’ he points out the value of Divine protection; when he says: ‘with me,’ he affirms that it co-operates with him when he was not idle or careless, but working and making effort.”

Saint John Cassian

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