The principle of the interior life

Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.

It is all the more important to recall the necessity and the true nature of the interior life, because the true conception of it, as given to us in the Gospel, in the Epistles of St. Paul and in the whole of Tradition, has been partially obscured by many false ideas. In particular it is evident that the notion of the interior life is radically corrupted in the Lutheran theory of justification or conversion. According to this theory the mortal sins of the convert are not positively blotted out by the infusion of the new life of grace and charity; they are simply covered over, veiled by faith in the Redeemer, and they cease to be imputed to the person who has committed them. There is no intrinsic justification, no interior renewal of the soul; a man is reputed just merely by the extrinsic imputation of the justice of Christ. According to this view, in order to be just in the eyes of God it is not necessary to possess that infused charity by which we love God supernaturally and our fellowmen for God’s sake. Actually, according to this conception, however firmly the just man may believe in Christ the Redeemer, he remains in his sin, in his corruption or spiritual death. Continue reading


A predestinação de São José e sua eminente santidade

“Qui minor est inter vos, hic major est.” (Luc., IX, 48 )
Não se pode escrever um livro sobre a Santíssima Virgem sem falar da predestinação de São José, de sua eminente perfeição, do caráter próprio de sua missão excepcional, de suas virtudes e de seu atual papel na santificação das almas.
Sua preeminência sobre todos os outros santos cada vez mais afirmada na Igreja

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The Predestination of St. Joseph And His Eminent Sanctity


Qui minor est inter vos, hic major est.”

He that is lesser among you all, he is the greater.”
—Luke 9:48

One cannot write a book on Our Lady without referring to the predestination of St. Joseph, his eminent perfection, the character of his special mission, his virtues, and his role in the sanctification of souls.


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