A BOUNDLESS LOVE FOR ME
From all eternity, Almighty God has had for me an immense love:
from all eternity, he had planned to create me out of nothing,
to mould me into such an excellent body, with such a noble soul,
made in his own image.
As a dwelling-place for me, God created the world,
so beautiful, so varied and so delightful.
But, my God, how did I merit to be born in a Christian country,
of good parents who are so concerned for my salvation?
… How did I merit to be endowed with memory, intellect and will,
with considerable talent?
How did I deserve to be given Faith in you, Baptism, so many Sacraments?
And such a good education
in which I have come to know so clearly how sweet it is to serve you,
what merit had I to receive it? …
And the continual graces you are granting me, Lord!
What are all these if not most clear signs of the love you have for me? …