A couple of days ago I woke up with this thought ‘All is Grace.’ We need to be taught that All is Grace.
Mary Immaculate Conception teaches us that ‘All is Grace.’ Cardinal Newman writes ‘What must have been the transcendent purity of her, whom the Creator Spirit condescended to overshadow with His Miraculous presence?…She who was chosen to be the Mother of God was also chosen to be gratia plena, full of grace.’
He writes ‘ Immaculate in her conception-so sweet, so musical. She holds up to us what man is intended to be, as a type, the most perfect submission of his powers to grace…Christ is the source, Mary the work of grace….There was a divine music in all she said and did-in her mien, her air, her deportment, that charmed every true heart that came near her. Her innocence, her humility and modesty, her simplicity, sincerity, and truthfulness, her unselfishness, her unaffected interest in everyone who came to her, her purity-it was these qualities which made her so lovable.’
‘She has, more than anyone else, more than all Angels and Saints, this great, prevailing gift of prayer.’
Mary proclaims that all is grace. Everything Mary has flows from the grace of Jesus. Mary is nothing without grace. Mary is all powerful because of the grace of Jesus Christ.
Somehow in the Church and in our individual lives we need to relearn that all is grace. Often God will need to humble us so that we can learn this lesson. When we finally learn that any good work, virtue that we have in only due to grace. Than God will work powerfully in us and in the Church. God wants to work powerfully in us, but first we need to learn that all is grace.
As we celebrate Mary Immaculate Conception we celebrate and proclaim that everything Mary has comes only from Grace. As Mary sings ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. My Spirit rejoices in God my savior. for he who is mighty has done great things in me and holy is his name.”
When we look to Mary and trust her as our advocate. Mary as a good mother will teach us ‘All is Grace.’