Tuesday, April 29, 2014

He has left us Himself !

 "Love does not stay idle."
- St Catherine of Siena, Letter T82
Institution of the Eucharist ~ Barocci

O boundless charity! 
Just as you gave us yourself,
wholly God and wholly man,
so you left us all of Yourself as food
so that while we are pilgrims in this life
we might not collapse in our weariness
but be strengthened by You, heavenly food.

O mercenary people! 
And what has your God left you?
He has left you Himself,
wholly God and wholly man,
hidden under the whiteness of this bread.

O fire of love! 
Was it not enough to gift us
with creation in your image and likeness,
and to create us anew to grace in your Son's blood,
without giving us Yourself as food,
the whole of divine being,
the whole of God?

What drove You?
Nothing but Your charity,
mad with love as You are!

St Catherine of Siena
Italy  ~ 1347 -1380
Doctor of the Church
Reformer, mystic, writer
Third Order Dominican
FEAST DAY - April 29

“Be who God meant you to be and 
you will set the world on fire.”  ~ St. Catherine of Siena

St Catherine of Siena, pray for us!

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