Consider the eternal love which God has borne towards you; for already, long before Jesus Christ had suffered for you on the cross as Man, His divine Majesty destined you to life, and loved you infinitely. But when did He begin to love you? When He began to be God. And when did He begin to be God? Never; He has always been, without beginning and without end; and thus He has always loved you, and it is from all eternity that His love prepared for you the graces and favours which He has given you.
--St. Francis de Sales, Consoling Thoughts