The Catholic Church Alone. The One True Church of Christ. Part 199.
SIX VOLUMES IN ONE BY THE DISTINGUISHED EXPONENTS OF CATHOLICISM
REV. HENRY DODRIDGE, D. D. REV. HENRY EDWARD MANNING, D. D.REV. F. LEWIS, of Granada REV. STEPHEN KEENAN REV. BERNARD VAUGHAN, S. J. REV. THOMAS N. BURKE, O. P.
St. Bernard, in one of his sermons on the coming of our Saviour, has explained this very well, in these words: " As our Lord, at his first coming into the world, showed himself very merciful and easy in forgiving, so, at his second, he will show himself as rigid and severe in punishing; and as there is no one but may be reconciled to his favour now, it will be impossible for any one to obtain it then ; because he is as infinite in his justice as he is in his mercy, and can punish with as much rigour as he pardons with mildness. His mercy, it is true, has the first place, provided our behaviour has not been such as may provoke the severity of his justice." These words give us to understand, that the greatness of God's mercy is the standard whereby we may guess at his justice. The same doctrine is held forth to us by the royal prophet, saying, "Our God is the God from whom cometh salvation; God is the Lord by whom we escape death. God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his wickedness;" Ps. lxviii. 20, 21. This shows how kind and merciful God is to those who return to him, and how severe against hardened and obstinate sinners.