In my bible study today, I read a devotion with excerpts from the writings of Catherine. Here are a few of her quotes that really convicted my heart and made me stop and think.
The creature is incapable of knowing anything except what God gives to it from day to day. if it knew beforehand what God intends for it, it would never be at peace.
I have seen this love. Indeed, every day I feel myself more occupied with Him and I feel a greater fire within. it is as if I have given the keys of my house to Love with permission to do all that is necessary. I became so consumed with this love that as I stood contemplating the work within me, I felt that even if I were cast into hell, hell itself would have appeared to me all love and consolation.
The thing we must do is renounce the care of ourselves unto God who can defend our rue self. Only then can God do for us what we cannot do ourselves.
When God finds a soul that rests in him and is not easily moved, he operates within it in his own manner. That soul allows God to do great things within it. He gives to such a soul the key to the treasures he has prepared for it so that it might enjoy them. And to this same soul he gives the joy of his presences which entirely absorbs such a soul.
If we could see what we will receive in the life to come, we would cease to occupy ourselves with anything but the things of heaven. But God, who desires that we see by faith and who desires that we not do good because of selfish motives, gives us this vision little by little, sufficient to the level of faith of which we are capable. In this manner, god leads us into a greater vision of that which is to come until faith is no longer needed.
May this be our prayer: “I do not want to turn my eyes from you, O God. There I want them to stay and not move no matter what happens to me, within or without.” For those who trust in God need to worry about themselves. As I think about you, my spiritual children, I see that God’s pure love is attentive to all of your needs. It is because of this tender love that I need not ask anything of God of you. all I need to do is lift you up before his face.
Such amazing quotes, from such a wonderful women who obviously experienced a full relationship with Christ. I’m thankful for her words that encourage me to keep my attention and focus on the Love of Christ and spur me on to become more like Him.