Monday, March 19, 2012

"On the tender compassion which Jesus Christ entertains towards sinners."

 "Crucifixion," Giotto

The following is taken from a sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Lent by our Lenten guide, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church:

 "[M]y Lord, since thou hast resolved to take human flesh, would not a single prayer offered by thee be sufficient for the redemption of all men?  What need then was there of leading a life of poverty, humiliation, and contempt, for thirty-three years, of suffering a cruel and shameful death on an infamous gibbet, and of shedding all thy blood by dint of torments?  I know well, answers Jesus Christ, that one drop of my blood, or a simple prayer, would be sufficient for the salvation of the world; but neither would be sufficient to show the love which I bear to men: and therefore, to be loved by men when they should see me dead on the cross for the love of them, I have resolved to submit to so many torments and to so painful a death."

St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us.

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