Then the King will fall in love with your beauty… Psalm 45:11

As I will be away from my computer for several days, I leave a post which I wrote almost two years ago about a most beautiful book. This too, is one of those books that you can never really “finish” reading. Grace is so glorious, that one never tires of reading about and contemplating it. And…one’s thoughts are drawn with awe and gratitude toward the God Who so loves His creatures that He gives them a share in His Own Divine Life through this marvel of Sanctifying Grace. Blessed be He forever and ever!

(When I return, I will complete part III of the series I have been writing on my involvement with the occult.)

There is a book, The Glories of Divine Grace, listed on my bookstack page, about which I have yet to post a review.

That is because a worthy review of this book is a task best reserved for a Saint, or maybe an angel.

The publisher makes an effort on the back cover:The Glories of Divine Grace will undoubtedly become one of the two or three most influential Catholic books that a person will ever read.”

I bought this book six years ago, and have been reading it ever since, a page, a paragraph, a sentence at a time. Randomly selected passages outdo one another in extolling the exquisite beauty of a soul possessed of Sanctifying Grace — a soul so magnificent that it is the chosen bridal chamber of the Divine Spouse, Who, so completely enamoured of this creature bearing His Own Image delights to take her both as His bride and His dwelling place.

And in reading these pages, Grace is presented as unspeakable glory, and the loss of Grace, in all of its misery, horror and shame. The reader is instilled with a new terror of sin, of losing this priceless gift of Grace, or rather this Grace bought at such a Price as the Blood of the Son of God.

I’ve long known these things intellectually, yet somehow this book succeeds in transforming the abstract into realities that are simply breathtaking to comprehend.  Like the dream one yearns to be true, this book unfolds the drama of Divine Love — of a God  deeply and madly in love with His creatures.

And yet, the Saints have told us so, again and again. Read St. Catherine’s prayer to the Trinity on this blog. She knew. This book is helping me to know.

And to that I will simply add: If you too want to know how passionately God loves you, how breathtakingly beautiful you are to His Divine Glance, the splendor with which He has adorned your soul, so that He, the Lord of all, cannot resist you, then read this book.

I share below a few random excerpts:

       God is not concerned with the beauty of bodies, which He by His word brought out of nothingness. He can be astonished at nothing that is not divine. As He considers throughout eternity His infinite beauty with the same endless delight, His eye also rests with unspeakable satisfaction upon the image of His Divine Nature, which the Holy Ghost impresses as a seal upon our soul. He is astonished, as it were, at the wonderful power of His love, which is able to adorn with such beauty a poor, miserable creature and to make it so much like Himself. He is astonished with the gold of His grace. He is astonished with the beautiful and lovely garden, with never-fading bloom, which His love has planted, refreshed by the breath of His Holy Spirit as by a mild, vernal breeze, and in which He dwells with unspeakable delight. And thus He cries out repeatedly: “How beautiful art thou, my love, how beautiful art thou!’ (Song of Songs 4:1)
The soul adorned with grace is but a golden setting in which the most precious jewel, the Holy Ghost, God Himself, is enclosed. As in a ring, the gold is distinct from the jewel, and yet they are so closely united that they form but one whole and one beauty, so likewith the Divinity is distinct from the just soul, but is so intimately united with it through love that the beauty of both appears to be one and the same.
Every glance toward God, every virtuous act performed in grace and every sigh of the soul that loves God, even though so light as a hair, becomes an arrow that wounds, not the unstable heart of man, but the eternal and constant heart of God. Every step that you take in the pathway of grace is so beautiful and lovely that God, beholding you, exclaims: “How beautiful are thy steps in shoes, O prince’s daughter!” (Songs. 7:1) Every word that you address to God is so dear and precious that it brings down upon you His richest blessing, as the Psalmist sings: “Grace is poured abroad in thy lips; therefore hath God blessed thee forever.” (Psalm 45:3)
What a heavenly life will then be developed in our heart when it dies to itself and is absorbed in the divine heart of Jesus and feels no longer its own pulsations and impulses, but rather those of God! How heavenly will our life be when our Savior takes our heart out of our breast and places His own in its stead!

The Glories of Divine Grace
By: Fahter Matthias J. Scheeben
Tan Books and Publishers, Inc.
Copyright 2000
pp: 133-134,137,160

7 thoughts on “Then the King will fall in love with your beauty… Psalm 45:11

  1. I have a few books on my shelf like that too, Patricia..There’s so much wisdom in them I feel like I’m trying to to catch a waterfall in a paper cup. : )
    This sounds wonderful… I might need to check it out.
    Blessings +

    • Caroline, do share! What are your “gem” books? I might have to run out and get them if I don’t already have them! : ) I love your metaphor. It’s so true. So many books need to be read again and again, because there is just so much! St. Catherine’s Dialogue is like that. I will be reading it forever. I’m not sure how many times I’ve read The Story of a Soul, and so it goes…… Hmm, that might make a good MEME — a new word in my vocabulary, and I am still working on my first ever one which Anne tagged me with. But, asking people to list their five or ten favorite spiritual books might be interesting.

      I wonder if there is a library in heaven……..because I”ll never get finished with all the books I have now in this lifetime!

      • Hi Patricia…You know that would be nice to see people’s lists of favorite books.
        One of mine is ‘True Devotion to Mary.’ Every time I read it I think…I know this paragraph wasn’t in here the last time I read it!’
        ‘Imitation of Christ’ is another of my favorites,…
        I HOPE there’s a library in heaven..Whoever get’s there first save a table!.I know we won’t need one because we’ll have Jesus…but maybe He’ll let us enjoy what we didn’t have time to learn here on earth.
        Blessings +

        • Hi Caroline! True Devotion and The Imitation are both amazing. I haven’t re-read those in years. I need to get them out again. You are so right about new paragraphs sneaking in all those good books : )
          My son thinks I should get a Kindle, but I love the feel of curling up with a book and a highlighter and turning pages. For sure heaven will be full of surprises…….maybe a library? In “Heaven is for Real,” the little guy who says he sat on Jesus’ lap also mentioned lots of animals up there. Sounds good to me! : )

      • I have a page on my website, where, after the list of my categories and posts, I have a list of my “favorites.” There’s no particular ranking, and I’m rather sure I have more than 10 books listed there – general books in one category, fiction books in another, and at the very bottom songs. I might have favorites I haven’t listed, too.

        And… The Story of a Soul is in there.

  2. This book sounds wonderful! I’ll have to add it to my list!

    I couldn’t figure out why I haven’t been able to comment on any of your posts lately. I finally tried my facebook account and it accepted my comment 🙂 Your blog is beautiful!

    Mary (from Beautiful Gate)

    • Hi Mary! I’m so glad you were smart enough to figure out how to post here after having problems. I’ll bet you have quite a long list of books already. Anyone who has five or six blogs has got to be a reader! : )
      But yes, The Glories of Divine Grace is truly a beautiful book. It was written in the 1880’s so that probably has something to do with it. I love classic books on spirituality. There is so much heart in them. If you want to read a few pages of this book while considering purchasing it, Amazon carries it and offers a preview like they do with most (all?) of the books they sell.

      Thank you for stopping by again, and thank you for your kind words! God bless you! Patricia

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