The Goodness of God
in the Work of Redemption
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Expulsion of Sinful Mankind from Paradise -
by MICHELANGELO Buonarroti -
from Cappella Sistina, Vatican
Consider that God, having 'Created' the First (1st) Man,
in-order-that he might 'Serve' Him, and Love Him in this Life, and be-Conducted
Afterwards to-Reign with-Him Forever (∞)
in-Paradise, Enriched him for this End, with
Knowledge and Grace. But, Ungrateful Man,
Rebelled-against God, Refused Him
the Obedience which he 'Owed' Him, in Justice
and Gratitude; and thus, Miserable Sinner was he Left, with all his Posterity,
as a Rebel, Deprived-of Divine Grace, and Forever
(∞) Excluded-from Paradise. Behold, then, after this
Ruin, caused-by Sin, all Men Lost!
All were Living-in Blindness, or in the Darkness-of the
Shadow-of-Death. The Devil had Dominion-over them, and
Hell Destroyed innumerable Victims, amongst them.
But God, Seeing Men reduced-to this Miserable State, was Moved-with
Pity, and Resolved-to Save them. And how? He
did not send an Angel, a Seraph; but to-Show the World the
Immense Love that He bore-to these Ungrateful
Worms, "He sent His own Son, in the Likeness-of Sinful Flesh" - (Romans 8:3).
He sent His Own Son to become Man, and to-Clothe Himself with the same
Flesh as Sinful Man, in-order-that, by His
Suffering and Death, He might 'Satisfy' the
Divine Justice for their Crimes, and thus 'Deliver' them from
Eternal (∞) Death; and, 'Reconciling' them with
His Divine Father, might-'Obtain' for them Divine Grace, and might-'Render' them,
Worthy to 'Enter'-into Life Eternal
Consider, on the One hand, the Immense Ruin that
Sin brings-upon Souls, as it
Deprives them of the Friendship of-God and of-
Paradise, and Condemns them to an Eternity
(∞) of-Pain. And, on the Other
hand, consider the Infinite (∞) Love
which God showed in this Great Work-of the Incarnation-of-the-Word, 'Causing'
His Only-Begotten Son to-Sacrifice His Divine
Life, by the hands-of Executioners on a Cross, in a
Sea-of-Sorrows and of-Infamy, to-Obtain for us,
Pardon and Life Eternal (∞). Oh,
in-'Contemplating' this Great Mystery and this Excess-of Divine Love,
how can we do otherwise than Exclaim:
O Infinite (∞) Goodness!
O Infinite (∞) Mercy!
O Infinite (∞) Love!
For a God to-become Man, and to-Die for me!
But, how is it my Jesus, that after Thou hast Repaired this Ruin-of-Sin, by Thy Own Death,
I have so-often willfully-Renewed it again, by the many Offences I have Committed against Thee? Thou hast Saved me
at so-Great a Cost, and I have so-often Chosen-to Damn myself, in Losing Thee, O Infinite Good! But what Thou hast said,
Gives me Confidence, that when the Sinner who has Turned his Back upon-Thee, is Converted-to Thee, Thou wilt not Refuse
to-Embrace him: "Turn ye to Me, and I will Turn-to you" (Zachariah 1:3). Thou hast also said, "If any Man shall Open-to
Me the Door, I will Come-in to him" (Apocalypse 3:20). Behold, Lord, I am One-of these Rebels, an Ungrateful Traitor,
who have often Turned my-Back upon-Thee, and Driven Thee from my Soul; but now I Repent-with all my Heart, for having thus
Ill-used Thee and Despised Thy Grace; I Repent-of it and Love Thee above-everything. Behold, the Door-of my Heart is already Open;
enter Thou, but enter, never-to Leave it again. I know well that Thou wilt never Leave me, if I do not again Drive Thee away;
but this is my Fear, and this is the Grace which I ask-of Thee, and which I Hope always to-Ask; let me Die, rather than be
Guilty-of this Fresh and still-Greater Ingratitude. My Dearest Redeemer, I do not Deserve to Love Thee, after all the Offences
that I have Committed-against Thee, but for Thy Own Merits’ Sake, I ask-of Thee the Gift-of Thy Holy Love, and therefore I Beseech Thee,
make me Know the Great Good Thou art, the Love Thou hast Borne me, and how much Thou hast done to-Oblige me to-Love Thee.
Ah, my God and Savior, let me no-longer Live, Ungrateful-to Thy Great Goodness. My Jesus, I will never-Leave Thee again;
I have already Offended Thee enough. It is only-Right that I should Employ the Remaining Years-of my Life, in-Loving Thee,
and Pleasing Thee. My Jesus, my Jesus, Help me, Help a Sinner that Wishes to-Love Thee!
O Mary, my Mother,
thou hast all-Power with-Jesus, seeing thou art His Mother; Beg-of Him to Forgive me; Beg-of Him to Enchain me with His Holy Love.
Thou art my Hope; in thee do I Confide.