Meditations by Padre Pio

Let us love Jesus for His divine greatness, for His power in Heaven and on earth, for His infinite merits; but also, and above all, be filled with gratitude. If He had not been so good towards us, but more severe, how much less would we have sinned! ... But sin, when followed by the profound pain of having committed it, by the loyal resolution of never repeating it, by the sharp realization that its great evil prompted the mercy of God, when after the hardest fibers of our hearts have been cut, results in an outburst of tears full of remorse and love. The sin itself, my son, becomes a step which brings us closer, which raises us, which more securely leads us to Him.