“The measure of grace is sufficient.” –From “Sermon in a Sentence: A Treasury of Quotations on the Spiritual Life; Vol. 5: St. Thomas Aquinas,” pg. 131. Selected and Arranged by John P. McClernon.
In looking through my little book, this short and sweet sermon grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let me go. It contains such comfort, such truth, in six brief words. This is all it takes to comfort an afflicted soul, a soul under much pressure and stress, or a soul distressed by dryness or busyness. When Paul cried out under the affliction of the thorn in his flesh, these words comforted him, and he resigned himself to the will of God. To any soul which ardently seeks to love God above all things and to do His will, these words are enough and more than enough.
Why can’t we remember them more often? Such simplicity and beauty–surely we ought to be able to remember! But in our frailty we fail and are overwhelmed by the billows of our troubles and duties. We think, “Why has God left us alone to face these trials on our own? Does He no longer care for us? Does He no longer pity our weakness? Will He no longer stoop to help us?” Ah, but He does, and how great is the wisdom and love we see, how great the consolation, in these simple words, words only the Holy Ghost could have inspired: “The measure of grace is sufficient;” in other words, it is as if God is saying, “The grace I have given you is enough; I know what is best for you, and I have given you exactly what you need in my loving tenderness. Fear not; only use what has been given and you will be upheld by My strength.”
Let us take comfort in the fact that through our trials and crosses, the temptations we face, the sorrows we bear, and our fastings and penances that may at times seem too hard to bear, that God is always upholding us by His strength; all we must do is trust Him and act upon the graces He pours into our souls when we trust. He will surely bring us through the fast in the desert to the glory of the Resurrection as long as we remember these words: “The measure of grace is sufficient.”