To My Mad Lover

O eternal, infinite God!
O mad lover!
And you have need of your creature?

It seems so to me,
for you act as if you could not live without [me],
in spite of the fact that you are Life itself,
and everything has life from you and nothing can have life without you.
Why then are you so mad?
Because you have fallen in love with what you have made?...
You clothed yourself in our humanity,
and nearer than that you could not have come.

(a prayer of Catherine of Siena)

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