Graces are the “opportunities” or “chances” Jesus gives to each person – and to grow and become the person you are meant to be, you must respond positively to those graces, i.e. take the chances or opportunities that Jesus is offering you.
For example, you might feel an inspiration to start going to mass every single morning near you – that is a grace or a chance that Jesus is giving you. In order to get the larger graces that you might desire, you need to first respond to these “smaller” graces that Jesus gives.
St. Faustina writes in her Diary, “By the graces given to a soul, one can recognize the degree of its intimacy with God” and Jesus says “He who does not take advantage of small graces will not receive great ones.”
When Jesus gives you any chance, dear Princess of God, it is so important not to let that opportunity pass by, not only because Jesus is offended when He is rejected in this way, but also because larger graces, or chances and opportunities might be dependent on you corresponding faithfully.
Mother Angelica means this when she says, “We are all called to be great saints, don’t miss the opportunity.” Graces are really opportunities, opportunities to become holier, better, to respond to Jesus, to love Jesus more and more.
The first step in responding to graces is to recognize that you are indeed getting an opportunity or a chance from Jesus. The next step is to treasure that chance so much so, because of who it is from, that you respond with a grateful ‘yes’ or you do what it is Jesus wants you to, or is simply giving you the chance to do.
10Whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. Luke 16:10