The mercy of God
“Nothing shows more clearly the gentleness and patience of God than the manner, at once admirable and amiable, in which he bears with the faults of the just; for, by His infinite mercy, His enemies have become His friends, His slaves have become His children; those who merited hell have become heirs of heaven; and nevertheless, so small is their gratitude for the graces they have received, that they offend Him every day, and several times a day.
To measure the height of God’s mercy, we must consider the motive which induces Him to take pity on us. It must indeed be an elevated one, judging by the words of the prophet: Thy mercy, O Lord, has its seat in Heaven, and there it will establish its dwelling for ever.”
– Cardinal Bellarmin (in Laverty & Sons – eds – 1905)