When God wills to purify a soul from self-love, he first sends her his divine light, that by it she may discern a spark of that pure love wherewith he loves her, and how much he has done and still does by means of this love.
[…] He also reveals to her that our sins can never excite his anger so far that he ceases to do us good while we are in this world.
Rather does it seem that the more our sins remove us from him, so much the more does he seek to draw us toward himself by many incentives and inspirations, in order that his continued love and his benefits may keep us still in his love.
The better to effect this, he uses countless ways and means, so that every soul, beholding what he has done for her, may exclaim, full of admiration:
“What am I that God seems truly to have no care for anyone but me?”
And, among other things, he reveals to her that pure love with which he created us;
and how he requires nothing of us but that we should love him with that same love wherewith he has loved us;
and that we should remain ever with him, expecting no return except that he may unite himself to us.
[…] God, moreover, made known to this soul that he had created man for the highest good, namely, that with soul and body he might enter into his heavenly home.
He also showed her how great an evil is sin, into which she had herself fallen, and for which there was no remedy but another manifestation of his love….
And he further instructed her in that ardent love for us of which our Lord Jesus Christ gave such proof on the earth.
[…] He allowed her to see the great patience with which he had waited for her, and borne with so many of her sins, in which, if she had died, she would have been lost forever.
[…] He also reminded her of the many inspirations he had given her to save her from sin.
Although she had not only disregarded, but even gone contrary to his will, yet in his goodness, he did not cease to send them, now in one way, now in another.
He allured her free-will in such a way that he had, as it were, forced her to do that which in his goodness he required.
And this, too, he did so gently and patiently, that no example of human love was ever known on earth, which could compare with it.
Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510): Spiritual Dialogues 1,8.