"O highest and transformed love! O vision divine! O ineffable one! When will you, Jesus Christ, make me understand that you were born for me? Oh, how glorious it is to truly understand -- as I now see and understand -- that you were born for me. This fills me with every conceivable delight. The same certitude that we derive from the incarnation we also derive from the nativity; the reason he became incarnate is the same as the reason he was born. O admirable one! How wonderful are the mysteries which you have brought about for us!"
- Bl. Angela of Foligno, Instructions, Instruction XXXV, translated by Paul Lachance, O.F.M., from Angela of Foligno: Complete Works (The Classics of Western Spirituality Series), Paulist Press, 1993.