How Christ Loves Us

“One thing yet remains to be said to prove the unspeakable value of grace in the sight of God; and that is the infinite value of the price God Himself paid for it. What could He have done more than He has done to procure it for us? For in purchasing grace for mankind He has not spared His only begotten Son.”

“Neither heaven nor earth, with all the splendour and countless number of beings they contain, was worthy to be bought and saved by the life of the Son of God, or even by a tear or a drop of His blood. And yet theologians say that the Son of God would not have become man and died in vain, should He have acquired grace for one soul only. By sacrificing His life for us, the Son of God would have us understand that by so doing He has purchased for us the life of children of God, and that the grace that adorns our soul possesses a value as infinitely great as that of His own precious blood.”

“Man by the sins of his first parents lost the grace which God in His infinite love had originally bestowed upon him. In order to recover it for him, God, with equal or even greater love, Himself became man, to restore to mankind the dignity they had forfeited and to bring them back to His paternal bosom. Behold, the Son of man descends from the highest heavens and is made flesh, suffers the torments of the Passion, and dies on the Cross; and all this He undergoes for love of us, and to acquire that grace which the world esteems so lightly. Nor did He believe He purchased it too dearly even at such a price. If, then, the Son of God, who in His unspeakable wisdom estimates all things according to their true value, would purchase grace so dearly for us, how grieved we should be to lose it! Or, rather, should we not look upon such a loss as the greatest misfortune which could possibly befall us?”

Quotations from Alice Lady Lovat, The Marvels of Divine Grace: Meditations Based on the “Glories of Divine Grace” (Original Treatise by Fr. Nieremberg, S.J., Entitled “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia”) (London: R. & T. Washbourne, Ltd., 1917).

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