by Saint Catherine of Siena
In Your nature, eternal Godhead,
I shall come to know my nature.
And what is my nature, Boundless Love?
It is fire,
because You are nothing but a fire of love.
And You have given humankind
a share in this nature,
for by the fire of love You created us.
And so with all other people
and every created thing;
You made them out of love.
O ungrateful people!
What nature has your God given you?
His very own nature!
Are you not ashamed to cut yourself off from such a noble thing
through the guilt of deadly sin?
O eternal Trinity, my sweet love!
You, Light, give us light.
You, Wisdom, give us wisdom.
You, Supreme Strength, strengthen us.
Today, eternal God,
let our cloud be dissipated
so that we may perfectly know and follow Your Truth in truth,
with a free and simple heart.
God, come to our assistance!
Lord, make haste to help us!