At the very heart of the universe is God's desire to give and forgive.
Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), mystic and Doctor of the Church, makes us contemplate the Incarnation: God's desire, his love that came to embrace our humanity.
"If I consider your lofty counsel, O eternal Trinity, I understand that in your light you saw the dignity and noble nature of the human race, so that, as love had compelled you to draw man from yourself, it was love also that compelled you to redeem him when he was lost through his own fault."
"Seeing that his will [to give us eternal life] was thwarted because of sin but sustained by the passionate love he had towards us, he sent his only and beloved son [...] so that in Mary's womb, his Word might be grafted in our humanity."
"O fire, abyss of charity: so that we would not remain separated from you, you wanted to make a graft of yourself in me. This is what happened when you planted your Word in Mary's field."
"We are of such value to God that He came to live among us…and to guide us home. He will go to any length to seek us….We can only respond by loving God for His love.
"At the very heart of the universe is God’s desire to give and to forgive."