Taken from Preparation for Death
"Mercy exalteth itself above judgment."
St. James 2:13
The Mercy of God
God Receives the Sinner with Kindness
The princes of the earth disdain even to look at the rebel who
comes to ask pardon; but God acts not in this manner with us:
He will not turn away His face from
you, if you return to Him.
[2 Par. 30:9] God cannot
turn away His face from those who return and cast themselves at His
feet: no; for He Himself invites them, and promises to receive them as
soon as they come. Return to Me,
saith the Lord, and I will receive.
[Jer. 3:1] Turn to Me ... and I will turn to you,
saith the Lord of Hosts.
[Zach. 1:3] Oh! with what love and
tenderness does God embrace the
sinner that returns to him. This love and tenderness Jesus Christ
wished to give us to understand by the parable of the sheep, which the
shepherd, when he found it, placed on his shoulders.
Doth he not lay it upon his
shoulders, rejoicing, and coming
home, call together his friends and neighbors, saying to thm:
Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.
[Luke 15:5] The
Redeemer adds: There shall be joy in
Heaven upon one sinner that
This tenderness the Saviour declared more fully in
the parable of the prodigal son; in which He tells us that He is the
father Who, when He saw His lost son returning, runs to meet him, and
before His son utters a word, embraces and kisses him, and in embracing
him, almost swoons away through tenderness of consolation. And running to him He fell upon his neck
The Lord promises that, if sinners repent, he will even (orget their
sins, as if they had never offended him, /.f the wicked c/o penance, ,
.livi1lg he shall live, .0 , I Wlll not remember all his tiliquities
that he hath clolle.' He even
, goes so far as to say, Come and accuse Me, sat'th the Lord; r tf your
si,ts be as scarlet, they shall be madt' as white as SllOW,. ~ As if he
said 0: Sinners, COllle and accu.\'e .cJfe,' if I do not ~ pardon you,
reprove me, upbraid me with having been ~ unfaithful to my promises,
But no; God knows not ~ Itow to despise an humble and contrite heart,
~ The Lord glories in showing mercy and granting par- don to sinners.
And there.fore shall He be exalted sparing you,' And how long does he
defer pardon? Not an in- stant: he grants it immediately. Weeping
, says the Prophet Isaias,
thOl1 shalt not 1veep... He wIll sllrel;' have pity on thee' Sinners,
exclaims the propllet, you have not long to weep; at the first tear the
Lord will be moved to pity; At the voice of thy cry, as SOOtl as He
shall hear, He 1V II anS1l'er thee.. God does not treat us as we treat
him: we are deaf to the calls of God: but as soon as he shllll h"lrr,
he 1lltll ansTtler tllee..' the very instant you repent and ask
forgiveness, God an!;wers and grants your pardon,
Affections and Prayers
O my God! against whom have 1 rebelled?
Against Thee. who art so good, against Tilee that h~st created me. and
died for me. After so many acts of treason. Thee hast borne with me.
Ah! the thougllt of the patience Thou hast had \vith me ought to make
me live always on fire \vitll Thy love. And who \\'()uld lIave borne so
long as Thou hast the injuries whicll I have done Thee? Miserable shall
I be. shoull! 1 ever again .ffend Thee. and condemn myself to hell! 1
already ;;ee that Thy mercy can bear with me no longer. I am sorry. 0
Sover- eign Good! for having offended Thee. 1 love Thee \vith my whole
heart: I am resolved to giv~ Thee all tile remainder of lilY life. Hear
me, 0 Eternal Father! through the merits of Jesus Christ: give me holy
perseverance and Thy love: hear me. 0 my Jesus! for the sake of the
blood which Tilou hast &lIed for me. We therefore beseech Thee.
asSiSt Thy servants ".hom Thou hast redeemed with Tily precious blood.'
0 Mary. my Mother I look upon me, ..turn thy eyes of mercy to us,., and
drdw me entirely to God.