St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380).
I first saw God when I was a child, six years of age.
The cheeks of the sun were pale before Him,
and the earth acted as a shy
girl, like me.
Divine light entered my heart from His love
that did never fully wane, (…)
I have seen what you want;
it is there,
a Beloved on infinite
Live without thought of dying,
for dying is not a
They kiss sometimes when no one is looking,
the sun and
Why are they so shy before us-
haven’t we all seen someone making love?
I wept once for three days because He
would not touch
for is it not a bride’s right
to know Him?
I have seen what I want in heaven’s shop.
Crazed I have become for this. (…)
And my Lord replied, “Who would understand if I said that I
to confine a wing, and let it learn from the course it chooses.”
The Absolute Innocence of all within my creation
takes a while to understand.”
so kind and wise
that wherever you may look
you can learn something
Those who have held beauty work to overcome their prejudice
and seek to bring all into
for nothing makes more sense
than being there
We know nothing until we know everything.
I have no object to defend
for all is of equal value
I cannot lose anything in this
place of abundance
If something me heart cherishes
is taken away,
I just say, “Lord, what
And a hundred more
If you cried in heaven, everyone
for they would know you were just
And the Christ, knowing all minds, replied,
“Forgiveness is the foundation of God’s
It is not possible for Love
to not hear
and whatever happens
the perfect teacher
The wings we have are so fragile
they can break from just
one word, or
a glance void
All has been consecrated.
The creatures in the forest know this,
the earth does, the seas do, the clouds know
as does the heart full of
Strange a priest would rob us of this
and then empower himself
with the ability
to make holy what
God cannot leave us.
It is just that our soul is so vast,
we do not always feel His lips
upon the veil.
Herbs can help the body and give
the heart more strength
When my sight became clearer,
I could see auras around different foods,
and I now know – should I say this? –
that everything can sing.
Truth never frightens.
I waited in a world of magic,
smells of good food,
the street lamps, the smoke coming from chimneys,
the candles burning in windows,
Angels feasted, as I did, on existence and God kept saying,
“Have more of what I made.”
Once, when I was sad, I said to a kind old priest,
“have you learned any secrets
to unburden the
And he responded,
“Hum a favorite melody;
wine will always rise
to the top
It could be said that God’s foot is so vast that this entire earth is but a field to His toe, and all the forests in this world came from the same root of just a single hair of His. What then is not a sanctuary? Where then can I not kneel and pray at a shrine made holy by His presence? P.205.
If I did not understand
the glory and sufferings of the human heart,
I would not speak before its
I stand with humility before every creature
when they call me into
because of your holiness,
everything in this world is a luminous divine dream
I have spun.
I did not know life was a fabric woven by my soul.
Any form that can appear to you – should I confess it?-
it is something I made.
All roots nurse
God’s art is mine. I did not want His divine talent.
It simply grew in my heart from
the way I
Existence is a young child moving through
a lane at night;
it wanted to
wszystko na tym świecie jest świetlanym boskim snem,
który ja uruchomiłam.
Nie wiedziałam, że życie jest materiałem tkanym przez moją duszę.
Jakakolwiek forma, która może pojawić się przed wami –
czy powinnam się do tego przyznać?-
jest czymś, co ja zrobiłam.
Wszystkie korzenie ciągną
Boga rzemiosło stało się moim. Nie chciałam jego boskiego talentu.
On urósł w moim sercu ze
sposobu w jaki
Egzystencja jest mały dzieckiem przechodzącym przez
drogę w nocy.
bym wzięła ją
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Last updated: 2008/10/27