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How Much it Cost You to have Loved Me

Ave Maria Meditations

 “How much it cost You to have loved me.” 

Only love can explain why God chose to seek us out in our misery.

+St. Alphonsus Liguori

 We had sinned, and our sins had alienated us from God, and exiled us from the joys of Heaven. Yet God, compelled by his own unspeakable goodness, chose to stoop down to us and share the poverty and misery that we had merited. He stripped himself of his glory and majesty, hiding all the outward signs of his Divinity, and took on a body like ours, capable of suffering and death. Moreover, He chose to live in the most humble and poor conditions: being born in a manger, then living as refugee wandering in the desert, and as a persecuted foreigner in far off Egypt, and laying his life down, finally, on the wood of the Cross to die. The human mind cannot comprehend this abyss of supernatural love, and only with the light of faith can we begin to penetrate into it.

Fr. Gabriele M. Pellettieri, FI

Author Sr. JosephMary f.t.i.

Our Lady found this unworthy lukewarm person and obtained for her the grace to enter the Third Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. May this person spend all eternity in showing her gratitude.

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  • Fr. JMM says:

    Sorry, folks! – Only the first line of this post was written by St. Alphonsus de’ Liguori. The rest was taken from a Christmas homily written by Fr. Gabriele M. Pellettieri, FI, and published in the Italian weekly Il Settimanale di Padre Pio.

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