Saint Augustine says, that there is nothing more conducive to the
attainment of eternal salvation, than to think every day on the pains
which Jesus Christ has suffered for the love of us. Nothing is more
salutary than to think daily on. What the Man-God has endured for us."
O God, how is it possible for a soul that has faith, and reflects on
the sorrow! and ignominies which Jesus Christ has suffered for us, not
to burn with love for him, and not to conceive strong resolutions to
become a saint, in order not to be ungrateful to so loving a God? Faith
is necessary; for had not faith assured us of it, who could ever believe
what a God has actually done for the love of us?
"He emptied himself, taking the form of a servant"-Phil. ii. 7. Who1 had he not the
infallible assurance of faith, could, at the sight of Jesus, born in a
stable, believe that he is the God who is adored by the angels in
heaven? How, without the aid of faith, can he who beholds the Saviour
flying into Egypt, in order to escape from the hands of Herod, believe
that he is omnipotent? How could we, without the assurance of faith,
believe that he whom we see sorrowful unto death in the garden, is
infinitely happy? or that he who was bound to a pillar, and suspended on
a gibbet, is the Lord of the universe?