On seeing the creature lose all confidence in itself and turn to Him, God comes to his aid. He is ready to knock at the door of the Soul, and when it is opened to Him He enters within and casts out all his enemies and restores to His creature its original innocence. He does this in diverse ways, as He sees fit. In this instance we will speak of how He does so with Pure Love.
God illumines us with that love which has no need of us and which sustains us even though many of us, considering our inclination to evil, may rightfully be considered his enemies. Our sins, as long as we are in this world, do not ever make Him so wrathful that He ceases to do us good. Indeed, the more distance our sins put between us and God, the more insistent His call to us not to turn our backs on Him. He loves us and will not ever leave off doing us good. He does so in so many ways that the creature may well ask: Who am I that God has no concern but me?
God shows the creature that Pure Love in which He created it, the same love that brought into being the angels and Adam, a pure and intense love with which He wishes to be loved....
This love pointed to the greater good yet for which man was created: the return, body and soul, of the creature to his celestial home.
- St. Catherine of Genoa, The Spiritual Dialogue (“Dialogo”), from her words of ca. 1510, transcribed by an unknown writer (probably Ettore Vernazza) ca. 1522, translated from the Italian by Serge Hughes, c. 1979 by Paulist Press, Inc. (The Classics of Western Spirituality series), pp. 107-108.