Compelled to Love
When then, eternal Father, did you create this creature of yours?…You show me that you made us for one reason only; in your light you saw yourself compelled by the fire of your love to give us being in spite of the evil we would commit against you, eternal Father. It was fire, then, that compelled you. Oh, unutterable love, even though you saw all the evils your creatures would commit against your infinite goodness, you acted as if you did not see and set your eye only on the beauty of your creature, with whom you had fallen in love like one drunk and crazy with love…. You are the fire, nothing but a fire of love, crazy over what you have made.
- The Prayers of Catherine of Siena