Our Lenten Journey with St Francis de Sales – 17 March – Feast of the Five Holy Wounds – Scripture search here: https://www.drbo.org/– – – Scripture search here: https://www.drbo.org/
“But He was wounded for our iniquities,
He was bruised for our sins;
… and by His stripes we are healed.”
“He Himself bore our sins in His Body
on the Cross, so that we might die to sin
and live to righteousness,
for by His wounds you were healed.”
1 Peter 2:24
St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
“Consider the eternal love which God had borne you – for even before our blessed Lord Jesus Christ became man and suffered on the Cross for you, His Divine Majesty foresaw you in His Sovereign Goodness and loved you exceedingly.
When did He begin to love you?
When He began to be God.
And when was His beginning?
Never, for He has always been, without beginning and without end – wherefore, He has always loved you and from eternity prepared the favours and graces which He has bestowed upon you.
And by His prophet He says (and He speaks to you, as much as to any), “I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore, I have drawn thee, taking pity on thee” (Jer 31: 3).
Amongst other things, then, He thought to lead you to resolve on
serving Him.” – (Introduction to the Devout Life).”