POETRY: Inebriated Soul In Love by Catherine of Siena

Inebriated Soul In Love by Catherine of Siena

Then that soul, even as one drunk,
appeared to be beside herself,
parted from her bodily senses due
to union with her Creator.
She raised her spiritual eyes, her nous,
and gazed into eternal Truth.

As she now came to know the Truth,
she knew herself to be in love with it.

She said aloud: O high
eternal Goodness, O my God!
What am I—the wretched one—to You,
O soaring, everlasting Father,
that You have shown Your truth to me?
that You have shown the snares
the evil one has set? the snares my own
selfish heart lays out for me?
What moved in You to do such things for us?

Love alone, love unreturned, You have poured out
Your love without my answering love!
O fire of love Who burns me!

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