God's Eternal Love

TVCopen1.jpg (9948 bytes) TVCopen2.jpg (12890 bytes) TVCopen3.jpg (13397 bytes)

The Passion of Christ - by DUCCIO di Buoninsegna - from Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

Greater Love than this no Man hath, that a Man lay-down his Life, for his Friends.
(John 15:13 - Douay Rheims Bible)

 

Benignitas et humanitas apparuit Salvatoris nostri Dei.

The Goodness and Kindness-of God, our Savior, Appeared - (Titus 3:4)

 

God's Eternal Love

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

angelbar.gif (3645 bytes)

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).

 

Prayer

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.

Amen