Whether Man Can Know That He Has Grace?


St. Thomas Aquinas answers:


‘There are three ways of knowing a thing: first, by revelation, and this anyone may know that he has grace, for God by a special privilege reveals this at times to some, in order that the joy of safety may begin in them even in this life, and that they may carry on toilsome works with greater trust and greater energy, and may bear the evils of this present life, as when it was said to Paul (2 Cor. 12:9) “My grace is sufficient for thee.” ‘

The other two ways – in addition to this excerpt – are shown in Summa Theologica II.I, Fifth Article [I-II.Q.112. Art.5]


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