Copiosa apud eum Redemptio . . .
With Him There is Plentiful Redemption
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church
The Motto Saint-Alphonsus-Ligouri 'Chose'-for his Beloved Congregation-of-the-Most-Holy-Redeemer (Redemptorist Fathers) was:
"Copiosa apud eum Redemptio" -- from the Latin Bible, Verse 7 of Psalm 130 (the "de
Profundis"). With Christ there is Plentiful Redemption!
Saint Alphonsus was a Voice, 'Announcing' the Glad Tidings-of the Infinite
(∞) Love-of-God for-Humanity, especially
for-Sinners, at a Time when Jansenism had spread a
Coldness and Rigorism over so-many Sectors-of the
Church. Saint Alphonsus' Heart, Beat-with the
Heart-of-Christ, the Compassionate and
Good Shepherd, Who leaves the
Ninety-nine, to Search-out the Lost-one .... thus Alphonsus' commitment, to-Preach the
Gospel to "the most Abandoned".
Below is just One (1) Selection from the Immense Body-of-Writings of this Great Doctor-of-the-Church,
yet it is very Typical-in its Clarion Proclamation-of a Love beyond all Expectation, beyond the Wildest
Dreams of our own Minds and Hearts. This Selection is taken
from the Opening Page of his Classic Jewel, The-Practice-of-the-Love-of-Jesus-Christ.
The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ
(Based on the Words-of Saint Paul: "Charity is Patient, is Kind" (1Corinthians 13:4)
The Whole Sanctity and Perfection of a
Soul, consists-in Loving Jesus Christ, our-
God, our-Sovereign Good, and our-Redeemer. Whoever
Loves Me, says Jesus Christ Himself, shall be
Loved-by My Eternal Father: My Father Loves you, because you have
Loved Me (John 16:27).
Some, says Saint-Francis-de-Sales, think Perfection means an Austere Life,
others Prayer, others Frequenting the Sacraments, others Works. But they
Deceive themselves. Perfection means Loving God
with our Whole Heart. The Apostle wrote, "Above all things have Charity, which is the
Bond-of-Perfection" (Colossians 3:14).
It is Charity which keeps 'United' and 'Preserves' all the Virtues that 'Render'
a Man Perfect. Hence Saint Augustine said: "Love God, and do whatever you please",
because a Soul that Loves God, is Taught-by that same
Love, never to do anything that will Displease Him and to leave nothing
Undone, that may Please Him.
But perhaps God does not Deserve all our Love?
He has Loved us with an Everlasting Love (Jeremiah 31:3). Oh Man, says
the Lord, Behold, I was the First
to-Love you. You were not yet in the World, the World itself was not-Created, and I already
Loved you. As-long-as I am God, I
Love you; as-long-as I have Loved Myself,
I have also Loved you.
As Almighty God knew that Man is Won by-
Kindness, He determined-to Lavish His Gifts upon him, and so to
Take-Captive the Affections-of his Heart. For this Reason,
He said, "I will Draw them with the Cords-of-Adam, with the Bands-of-Love".
I will 'Catch' Men by those very Snares, by-which they are Naturally Caught, the Snares-of
Love. And such exactly are all the Favors-of
God, to Man ......
"Heaven and Earth, and all things, tell me to Love Thee", says Saint Augustine. "My
Lord", he said, "whatever I Behold on the Earth, or above the Earth, all Speak to me, and Exhort me to Love Thee,
because all Assure me, that Thou hast made them for the Love of me".
.... But God was not Satisfied with giving us so-many Beautiful Creatures.
He has gone to such-lengths to-gain our Love, as to give Himself
to us. The Eternal Father did not-Hesitate to-Give us even His only-Begotten
Son: "For God so Loved the World, as to give His only Begotten Son" (John 3:16).
When the Eternal Father saw that we were all Dead and
Deprived of His Grace by Sin, what
did He do? For the Immense Love, as the Apostle writes, for the too-great
Love He Bore us, He sent His Beloved Son
to make Atonement-for us, and so to-Restore to us that Life, which
Sin had Robbed us of, Who
"for His exceeding Charity wherewith He Loved us, even when we were Dead in Sins, hath Quickened us together, in
Christ" (Ephesians 2:4-5).
And in Granting us His Son (not Sparing His Son, that
He might Spare us), He has Granted us every
Good, together with Him, His Grace,
His Love, and Paradise, since Assuredly, all these Gifts are
much less than that of His Son.
And so, likewise, the Son, through His Love for us, has given
Himself Wholly to us. In-order-to Redeem us from Everlasting
Death and to-Recover for us the Divine Grace and
Heaven, which we had Forfeited, He
became Man and Put-on Flesh, like our own. Behold then a God,
Reduced-to Nothingness. Behold the Sovereign-of the World, Humbling Himself
so-low, as to-Assume the Form-of a Servant, and to Subject Himself to all the
Miseries, which the rest-of Men, 'Endure'.
But what is more-Astonishing still, is that He could very-well have
Saved us without-Dying and without-Suffering at all.
But no, He 'Chose' a Life-of Sorrow and
Contempt, and a Death-of Bitterness and
Ignominy, even to Expiring-on a Cross
─ the Gibbet-of-Infamy, the Award-of Vilest
Criminals. But why, if He could have 'Ransomed' us without Suffering,
why should He 'Choose' to-Die, and to-Die on a
Cross? To-Show us how He Loved us. He Loved us,
and because He Loved us, He 'Delivered' Himself
up to-Sorrows and Ignominies, and to a Death
more Cruel than ever, any Man Endured-in this World.