'Cornelius a Lapide says that in this torment Jesus Christ ought, naturally speaking, to have died; but he willed, by his divine power, to keep himself in life, in order to suffer yet greater pains for love of us; and St. Laurence Justinian had observed the same thing before: "He evidently ought to have died. Yet he reserved himself unto life, it being his will to endure heavier sufferings."'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori