The Reconciled Enemy
St. Francis did not approve of the saying, “Never rely on a reconciled enemy.” He rather preferred a contrary maxim, and said that a quarrel between friends, when made up, added a new tie to friendship; as experience shows that the callosity formed round a broken bone makes it stronger than before. Those who are reconciled often renew their friendship with increased warmth; the offender is on his guard against a relapse, and anxious to atone for past unkindness; and the offended glory in forgiving and forgetting the wrongs that have been done to them.
Is not it amazing that Christ loved us before we were his reconciled enemy? God created us to be perfect, but although we sinned against him, we did not pay the price, but Jesus gave himself for us so that we could become one with Christ. That is the essence of the Gospel: Christ died for our sins and was raised! God had a plan from the beginning for us; and that is one of the Wonders of God in Creation: we now are his Reconciled Enemy!