We have seen that man is the image of God in his nature, but the mystery deepens when we realize that man is called to share in God 's divine life. Christ made this clear when He said:
Traditionally western man consciously localizes the presence of God in his soul in the chest area, where the heart is and calls this presence "Grace" meaning a free gift which is the fruit of Christ's Blood by which we become Christians, children of God, are justified, made holy with a right to heaven.16
St. Rose of Lima was deeply aware of God's presence in her soul when she wrote:
"If only mortals would learn how great it is to possess divine grace, how beautiful, how noble, how precious!"
St. Rose of lima image: Courtesy of Tan Pubs., Inc.
This is the pearl of great price of which Christ spoke, which man should be willing to purchase at any price.This is the Kingdom of Heaven already present in the human heart awating the fulfillment unto glory.
From this presence springs the Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity. These are good habits infused into the soul which enables us to relate to God in a supernatural way, that is in a way transcending our feeble powers of reason and will.
Glory be to the FATHER
and to the SON
and to the HOLY SPIRIT.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be
world without end. Amen.