Monday, April 29, 2019

With Saint Catherine

Saint Catherine of Siena is so amazed by the unfathomable mercy of God that she calls God “crazy.” In her Dialogues she writes, “O eternal beauty! O eternal goodness, O eternal mercy! O crazy lover! You have need of your creature? It seems so to me, for you act as if you could not live without her. Why are you so crazy? Because you have fallen in love with what you have made! You are pleased and delighted over her, as if you were drunk with desire for her salvation. She runs away from you and you go looking for her. She strays and you draw closer to her.”

Perhaps very often, as God draws near, we foolishly run in the opposite direction; let us confess our own craziness born of foolish fear, and beg God’s mercy.