St. Vincent Ferrer on The Price the
Good Shepherd Paid for Our Souls
first that Christ as the good shepherd buys his sheep at a
great price, namely by the price of his blood. He does not
get them by stealth or stealing, or by deception, but he
buys them for a just price and then some. The Reason why he
gives such a precious price, is the incomparable value of a
soul, because no bodily creature is comparable in value to
the soul. Hence, on the scale of divine justice, which is
just and fair, if on one side is placed all bodily
creatures, namely gold and silver, pearls and elements, sun,
moon and all the stars, and on the other side one rational
soul, the rational soul would weigh more in value than all
the creatures. He profits little who loses his soul. If
therefore for the redemption of one soul the whole world
does not suffice, how much more for all souls? Therefore
there was no price sufficient but the blood of Christ, of
infinite value, because of its union with divinity.
himself and all of mankind for the price of one apple,
although he was not bound of which he was to the species,
and he himself had been made captive to the devil, his wife
and consequently all his children. Thus Adam and Eve
consenting to sin handed themselves over to the devil. If
therefore the slaves beget children, the children are also
slaves. But Christ comes, the best merchant from heaven to
earth, knowing the value of souls, and he gives not an
apple, nor gold, etc., but only his precious blood of
inestimable value, which redeems us.
how many drops of blood Christ shed for us. First, while yet
a baby in his circumcision. In the first drop he redeemed
us. Second, on the night of his passion how many drops of
blood did he shed. Third, when he was led off to the house
of Pilate. Fourth, when he was crowned with thorns, his
whole head flowed blood. Fifth, when he was crucified in
hands and feet, how many drops of blood were falling on the
head of the Virgin Mary. Also how many tears, how many drops
of sweat, how many labours when he would go preaching.
does not say you have been bought, but you have been
redeemed, that is bought many times over. Here one can
ponder if the soul is of such great value, and Christ has
paid such a price, how everyone ought to value his own soul.
How is that man worthy of great reprehension who for some
mundane usefulness, or for gaining some earthly good gives
his soul to the devil by sinning mortally, because then the
soul is sold to the devil for a cheap price of pride or
avarice, and so for the other sins. Then the soul already
purchased by Christ, you give away for such a vile price.
You have redeemed us in Your Precious Blood!'