He has loved us without being loved. . . . We are bound to Him, and not He to us, because before He was loved, He loved us. . . . There it is, then: we cannot . . . love Him with this first love. Yet I say that God demands of us, that as He has loved us with out any second thoughts, so He should be loved by us. In what way can we do this, then? . . . I tell you, through a means which he has established, by which we can love Him freely; . . . that is, we can be useful, not to Him - which is impossible - but to our neighbor. . . . To show the love that we have for Him, we ought to serve and love every rational creature and extend our charity to good and bad - as much to one who does us ill service and criticizes us as to one who serves us. For, His charity extends over just men and sinners.