“I will give them all the graces necessary in their state in life.”

St Margaret Mary received visions from Jesus Christ, who shared about his great love for all of humanity. Share shared:

“As to persons living in the world, they shall find in this devotion all the aids necessary in their state of life: peace in their homes, consolation in their work, the blessing of heaven upon all their enterprises, comfort in their sorrows, a secure refuge during life and especially at the hours of death. It is plainly evident that there is no one in the world who will not receive all kinds of heavenly blessings if they have a true love of Jesus Christ manifested by a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

– St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

Our state in life is where we are in our faith journey each and every day, regardless of the vocation we have chosen. Jesus offers His graces to us each day to keep us on the path to eternal life and to view our current circumstances with His eternal perspective. 

This perspective is illustrated in the Gospel of John, chapter 15, when Jesus stated that He was the vine and we are the branches, and that every branch that produces fruit the Father prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. Our struggles with everyday challenges is the Father pruning us. Yet combined with this pruning, in the same passage, is the promise that “if  you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7). Since it is Christ’s will that we have all the graces necessary to sustain us each day, we can with confidence ask the Sacred Heart to grant us the grace of hope and perseverance. As St. Paul stated “we know that in everything God works for good with those who love Him.. and in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us… and nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rm 8). 

We all have moments when we are tempted to become discouraged with our state in life, especially when things do not work out the way we planned or imagined they should be. Yet God has not abandoned us, and the necessary graces are there to use the passing things of this world to bring us in closer union with Life in Christ. 

Point to Ponder: What areas in your life do you need more grace?