“ Jesus grew in wisdom and age and grace before God and men.’
He grew in wisdom! Not that He acquired any new, or even more perfect knowledge of things, for from the first moment of His existence He contained in Himself, as St Paul says, all the treasures of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God Himself. But according as He advanced in age, the Child Jesus manifested more and more His divine wisdom.
He grew equally in grace. From the beginning Jesus was full of grace, of virtue, and of merit, and that plentitude of blessings, which is the riches of all men, resided in Him. Consequently, his actions, all heavenly, all divine as they were, could not render Him more holy, nor increase His merit. But there was not a single one of them, which, bearing the stamp of the most perfect virtue, might not contain all the necessary conditions for still more abundant merit, and be capable of raising Him to a still more exalted degree of sanctity.”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905