“Every perfection and every virtue proceeds from charity. Charity is nourished by humility. And humility comes from knowledge and holy hatred of oneself, that is, of one’s selfish sensuality. To attain charity you must dwell constantly in the cell of self-knowledge. For in knowing yourself, you will come to know my mercy, in the blood of my only-begotten Son, thus drawing my divine charity to yourself with your love.”—St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), The Dialogue (Classics of Western Spirituality), translated by Suzanne Noffke, O.P.
The image accompanying this post is an oil-on-canvass painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, St. Catherine of Siena.