GIVEN TO ALL AND THIS GRACE'S ORDINARY MODE OF OPERATION
Taking, then, for granted that
for the attainment of eternal life, as we have proved in Part I, chap.
1, we should consequently, also, take for granted that every one has
aid from God to enable him actually to pray, without need of any
special grace; and that by prayer he may obtain all other graces
to enable him to persevere in keeping the Commandments, and so gain
life; so that no one who is lost can ever excuse himself by saying that
it was through want of the aid necessary for his salvation. For as God,
in the natural order, has ordained that man should be born naked, and
want of several things necessary for life, but then has given him hands
and intelligence to clothe himself and provide for his other needs; so,
in the supernatural order, man is born unable to obtain salvation by
own strength; but God in His goodness grants to every one the grace of
prayer, by which he is able to obtain all other graces which he needs
order to keep the Commandments and to be saved.