"God does not leave man
to the weakness of his fallen nature; grace, before healing and vivifying man anew, is
still present to envelop and attract him, to call him and incite him in anticipation. Our
fallen nature is exposed to grace as our tired bodies are to the rays of the
(Maritain, 1953, 73)
"God does not refuse His
grace to one who acts to the best of his own ability; but it is under the action of grace
that man prepares to receive grace."
"What is needed first and foremost is a rediscovery
of Being, and by the same token a rediscovery of love. This means axiomatically, a
rediscovery of God."
Maritain, J. The Range of
Reason. London: Jeoffrey Bles, 1953.