Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Dom Prosper Gueranger O.S.B. on the relationship between theological merit and satisfaction


Here is a quotation that Athanasius has provided from Dom Prosper Gueranger O.S.B. in the latter’s book The Liturgical Year (All Souls’ Day):

Every supernatural act of virtue brings a double profit to the just man: it merits for his soul a fresh degree of grace and it makes satisfaction for past faults, in exact proportion to the value, in God's sight, of that labour, privation, or trial accepted, or that voluntary suffering endured by one of the members of His beloved Son. Now, whereas merit is a personal acquisition and cannot be transferred to others, satisfaction may be vicarious; God is willing to accept it in payment of another's debt, whether the recipient of the boon be in this world or in the next, provided only that he be united by grace to the mystical Body of Our Lord, which is one in charity. This is a consequence of the mystery of the communion of saints.
There are, though, at least two personal acts by which one merits but does not make satisfaction; I deal with those here.

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop, Confessor, 2008 A.D.

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