Develop Your Spiritual Instincts

Mary shows us how to be “full of grace.”

Develop Your Spiritual Instincts

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The angel Gabriel greeted Mary with these words: “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” Then, as if underlining the point, he told her, “You have found favor with God” (Luke 1:28-30). What is this “favor”?

The Greek word for it here is charis. It is a very rich word that can also mean “charm” or “loveliness.” And how perfectly this word describes Mary! She found favor with God. She was full of his grace. And as a result of God’s grace, Mary was gracious, charming, and very attractive. In other words, Mary was gracious because she was open to God’s grace and never let anything keep her from receiving it.

New Creations. Did you know that you are called to be full of grace as well? It’s true. Scripture says that baptism has made us into a “new creation” open to God’s grace (2 Corinthians 5:17). St. Peter goes so far as to say that by God’s grace we can even “share in the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). When God poured…

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