Br. Peter Damian shares on creation and redemption: “In his book ‘On Loving God’, Saint Bernard said, “In his first work He gave me myself; in his second work He gave me Himself; when He gave me Himself, he gave me back myself. Given and re-given, I owe myself twice over.”
In the first work of Creation, God gave us our true selves; in the second work of redemption God gave us Himself in Christ. By the gift of giving Himself, we are restored to the true selves that we have lost because of sin. Jesus Christ, dying on the Cross, gave us Himself by the motivation of love – Sacrificial love. The Cross is the token of that love for us. “What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?” (Ps 116:12).
Blessings of Love and Peace,
Your Brother of New Clairvaux
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