In my morning prayer, the reflection in the Magnificat for today was too powerful to pass by. I spent many moments contemplating the quote from Pope Benedict XVI and the short prayer. I couldn’t help but wonder if this was indeed the prayer of a truly free person.
Perhaps someday it will be mine (and yours) as well.
What moves me, O God, to love you
is not the heaven you have promised me:
It is not the awesome hell
which prompts me not to offend you.
It is you who prompt me, Lord:
It is seeing you nailed on the cross and insulted,
seeing your wounded body,
it is the insults you have received
and your death.
Finally, it is your love,
So that I would love you
if there were no heaven,
and fear you
if there were no hell.
You need give me nothing
for me to love you,
for even if I would not hope for what I hope,
I would still love you as I love you now.
- Anonymous Spanish mystic of the 16th century