Grace, basically, is the presence to you of God’s living, dynamic Spirit. As a result of this presence, you are alive with a new, abundant inner life that makes you “share in the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4), a son or daughter of God, and a brother or sister-a fellow heir-with Jesus, “the firstborn among many brothers” (read Paul’s Letter to the Romans, chapter 8).
As a result of the Spirit’s presence, you live and respond to God in a totally new way. You live a “graced” life that is good, really pleasing to God. Under the Spirit’s influence you live a life of love that builds up Christ’s Body, the Church. Being “in the Spirit” with the rest of the Church, you live with others in such a way as to build a spirit of love and community wherever you are.
Grace-God’s life within you-transforms the whole meaning and direction of your life. In grace, Saint Paul declared: “For to me life is Christ, and death is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Ultimately, grace-God’s free gift of himself to you-is life eternal, a life that has already begun. Already, while you are still an earthly pilgrim, grace is “Christ in you, the hope for glory” (Colossians 1:27).