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The mystery of grace is that even that move--change of heart--is still God's move. The first move is grace and our move consent and is represented perfectly by Mary, the Mother of God's fiat to the angel.

God instructs through the Prophet Ezekiel 36:26:

26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Grace is such a beautiful mystery, it differs greatly from the old Proverb system that the righteous will be rewarded for their righteousness and the wicked will be punished. Grace breaks through, it struck Saul of Tarsus blind on the road to Damascus, a person who persecuted the body of Christ, and sent him as Paul on the mission of God.

St. Augustine from his Confessions (Sheed trans):

Late have I loved Thee, 0 Beauty so ancient and so new; late have I loved Thee! For behold Thou were within me, and I outside; and I sought Thee outside and in my unloveliness fell upon those lovely things that Thou hast made. Thou were with me and I was not with Thee. I was kept from Thee by those things, yet had they not been in Thee, they would not have been at all. Thou didst call and cry to my and break open my deafness: and Thou didst send forth Thy beams and shine upon me and chase away my blindness: Thou didst breathe fragrance upon me, and I drew in my breath and do not pant for Thee: I tasted Thee, and now hunger and thirst for Thee: Thou didst touch me, and I have burned for Thy peace.

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