Poetry, VOLUME 8

St. Catherine of Siena – Eternal Godhead [Poem]

St. Catherine of SienaToday is the Feast of
St. Catherine of Siena…

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Our poem of the day, adapted from Catherine’s Dialogue….

Eternal Godhead
St. Catherine of Siena


Eternal Godhead,
Mystery as profound as the sea,
what more could You give me than Yourself;
You are the fire which ever burns without being consumed;
You consume in Your heat all the soul’s self-love;
You are the fire which takes away all cold;
with Your light You do illuminate me
so that I may know all Your truth;

You are that light above all light,
which illuminates supernaturally the eye of my intellect,
clarifying the light of faith so abundantly and so perfectly,
that I see that my soul is alive,
and in this light receives You–the true light.

By the Light of faith I have acquired wisdom
in the wisdom of the Word–Your only-begotten Son.
In the light of faith I am strong, constant, and persevering.
In the light of faith I hope, suffer me not to faint by the way.
This light, without which I should still walk in darkness,
teaches me the road, and for this I said,

Oh! Eternal Father, that You have illuminated me with
the light of holy faith.

C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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