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St. Robert Bellarmine

1 Timothy 4:12-16
Psalm 111:7-10
Luke 7:36-50

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"Little is forgiven the one whose love is small." —Luke 7:47

Even what we call the slightest sin is an abomination before the all-holy God. Therefore, because we all have sinned, we deserve to receive God's wrath (Eph 2:3) and to be punished forever in hell. However, the Lord took our sins and their punishment on Himself. He died on the cross to save us from sin and its consequences. If we repent and thereby accept Jesus' death and forgiveness, we have accepted salvation. When we realize what Jesus has done for us, we live lives of thanksgiving (Lk 7:42) and love. We feel compelled to throw ourselves at the feet of Jesus, wash His feet with our tears, and kiss them in love and gratitude (Lk 7:37-38).

Do you realize what Jesus did for you on Calvary? Do you realize what difference it makes to be freed from sin? If so, act and love accordingly. We are great lovers because we have been great sinners who realize we've been greatly forgiven. The makings of love are: our sin + Jesus' death + our repentance = forgiveness. Finally, forgiveness + realization = love.

Repent, realize Jesus' forgiveness, and love Him with abandon.

Prayer:  Father, I will act and love like a person snatched from hell.

Promise:  God "has sent deliverance to His people; He has ratified His covenant forever; holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; prudent are all who live by it. His praise endures forever." —Ps 111:9-10

Praise:  St. Robert, the spiritual father of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, used his giftedness to defend and teach the Catholic faith.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 18, 2015

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