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The Goodness of God in the Work of Redemption by Saint Alphonsus Marie de Liguori
The Goodness of God in the Work of Redemption by Saint Alphonsus Marie de Liguori
The Goodness of God in the Work of Redemption by Saint Alphonsus Marie de Liguori
 
 
 


The Holy Trinity by Lorenzo Lotto; 1523; Sant’Alessandro della Croce, Bergamo, Italy; www.wga.hu


 
 
Consider that - God allowed Four Thousand Years to Pass, after the Transgression of Adam, before He sent His Son upon Earth, to Redeem the World.

And in the meantime, oh, what Fatal Darkness ‘Reigned’ upon the Earth! The True God was not ‘Known’ or ‘Adored’, except in One small Corner of the World. Idolatry ‘Reigned’ everywhere; so that Devils and Beasts and Stones, were adored as gods.

But let us Admire in this, the Divine Wisdom: He ‘Deferred’ the Coming of the Redeemer, in order to ‘Render’ His Advent, more Welcome to Man, in order that the Malice of Sin might be better known, as well as the Necessity of a Remedy, and the Grace of the Savior.

If Jesus Christ had Come into the World, immediately after the Fall of Adam, the Greatness of this Favor, would have been but slightly Appreciated. Let us therefore ‘Thank’ the Goodness of God, for having Sent Us into the World, after the Great Work of Redemption was ‘Accomplished’.

Behold, the Happy Time is Come, which was called the Fullness of Time:

When the Fullness of Time was Come, God sent His Son, ... that He might Redeem them, that were under the Law.


 
 
Consider that - God allowed Four Thousand Years to Pass, after the Transgression of Adam, before He sent His Son upon Earth, to Redeem the World.

And in the meantime, oh, what Fatal Darkness ‘Reigned’ upon the Earth! The True God was not ‘Known’ or ‘Adored’, except in One small Corner of the World. Idolatry ‘Reigned’ everywhere; so that Devils and Beasts and Stones, were adored as gods.

But let us Admire in this, the Divine Wisdom: He ‘Deferred’ the Coming of the Redeemer, in order to ‘Render’ His Advent, more Welcome to Man, in order that the Malice of Sin might be better known, as well as the Necessity of a Remedy, and the Grace of the Savior.

If Jesus Christ had Come into the World, immediately after the Fall of Adam, the Greatness of this Favor, would have been but slightly Appreciated. Let us therefore ‘Thank’ the Goodness of God, for having Sent Us into the World, after the Great Work of Redemption was ‘Accomplished’.

Behold, the Happy Time is Come, which was called the Fullness of Time:

When the Fullness of Time was Come, God sent His Son, ... that He might Redeem them, that were under the Law.

 
Consider that - God allowed Four Thousand Years to Pass, after the Transgression of Adam, before He sent His Son upon Earth, to Redeem the World.

And in the meantime, oh, what Fatal Darkness ‘Reigned’ upon the Earth! The True God was not ‘Known’ or ‘Adored’, except in One small Corner of the World. Idolatry ‘Reigned’ everywhere; so that Devils and Beasts and Stones, were adored as gods.

But let us Admire in this, the Divine Wisdom: He ‘Deferred’ the Coming of the Redeemer, in order to ‘Render’ His Advent, more Welcome to Man, in order that the Malice of Sin might be better known, as well as the Necessity of a Remedy, and the Grace of the Savior.

If Jesus Christ had Come into the World, immediately after the Fall of Adam, the Greatness of this Favor, would have been but slightly Appreciated. Let us therefore ‘Thank’ the Goodness of God, for having Sent Us into the World, after the Great Work of Redemption was ‘Accomplished’.

Behold, the Happy Time is Come, which was called the Fullness of Time:

When the Fullness of Time was Come, God sent His Son, ... that He might Redeem them, that were under the Law.
 
 
 
Consider that God, having ‘Created’ the First 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).

Consider that God, having ‘Created’ the First 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.

 
 


Triptych of Garden of Eathly Delights (detail) by Hieronymus Bosch; 1500; Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain; www.wga.hu
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).
 
 
 


Christ on the Cross by Albrecht Altdorfer; 1520; Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest, Hungary; commons.wikimedia.org

 
 
 
 
 
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!




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.
 
 
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!


 


Christ on the Cross by Albrecht Altdorfer; 1520; Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest, Hungary; commons.wikimedia.org

 
 
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!


 
Prayer by Saint Alphonsus Marie de Liguori

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! Amen
 



 
 

Prayer by Saint Alphonsus Marie de Liguori

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
 



 
 
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! Amen
 
 
 
 
 
The Goodness of God in the Work of Redemption by Saint Alphonsus Marie de Liguori (b. 1696 - d. 1787)  
 
 
 
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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May then rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.