God's Eternal Love
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
God has Loved Man, from all Eternity
(∞): I have Loved thee, with an Everlasting Love -
(Jeremiah 31:3). "But", says Saint Bernard, "before the Incarnation of the Word, the
Divine Power appeared in Creating the World, and the Divine Wisdom, in Governing it; but when the Son of God became Man, then was made Manifest,
the Love which God had for Men". And, in fact, after seeing Jesus Christ go through
so-Afflicted a Life, and so-Painful a Death,
we should be Offering Him an Insult, if we
Doubted the Great Love which He 'Bears' us. Yes,
He does surely Love us; and because He Loves
us, He Wishes to be Loved-by us. And Christ Died-for all,
that they also who Live, may not now Live-to themselves, but for-Him Who Died-for them, and Rose again (2Corinthians 5:15).
Ah, my Savior, when shall I begin to-understand the Love which Thou hast had for me? Hitherto, instead of Loving Thee,
I have repaid Thee with Offences and Contempt-of Thy Graces, but since Thou art Infinite in Goodness, I will not Lose Confidence. Thou hast
Promised to-Pardon him, who Repents; for Thy Mercy’s Sake, fulfill Thy Promise to me. I have Dishonored Thee by putting Thee aside, to-follow my
own Pleasures; but now I Grieve for it, from the bottom-of my Soul, and there is no-Sorrow that Afflicts me more-than the remembrance-of
having-Offended Thee, my Sovereign Good; Pardon me and Unite me entirely-to Thee, by an Eternal Bond of Love, that I may not leave Thee any more,
and that I may Live to-Love Thee and to-Obey Thee. Yes, my Jesus, for Thee alone will I Live, Thee only will I Love. Once, I left Thee for Creatures,
now I leave all, to give myself wholly to Thee. I Love Thee, O God of my Soul, I Love Thee more than myself.
O Mary, Mother of God, obtain for me the Grace to be Faithful to-God, till Death.