you want me to gaze into you
and see that you love me,
to see that you love me gratuitously,
so that I may love everyone
with the very same love.
You want me, then,
to love and serve my neighbors gratuitously,
by helping them
spiritually and materially
as much as I can
without any expectation of selfish profit or pleasure.
Nor do you want me to hold back
because of their ingratitude or persecution,
or for any abuse I may suffer from them.
What then shall I do
to come to such a vision?
I shall strip myself of my stinking garment,
and by the light of most holy faith
I shall contemplate myself in you.
And, I shall clothe myself in your eternal will…
St. Catherine of Siena
To gaze into Christ and know His love in such a way that I would turn around and love others like He loves me…
Only by grace might this come to pass…
Only by grace do I even desire it.