Making God Our Treasure
My God, you are goodness in its essential source. You receive it from no one, and you possess it in possessing your being. Indeed, it is your being.
You are good in the same way as you are, and for as long as you are. From eternity to eternity you are good—eternally, immutably, infinitely. For you, to be and to be good are one and the same thing. Your goodness is your being, and your being is goodness itself.
All finite goodness comes from your infinite goodness and is derived from it: a tiny rivulet, a mere drop. Our goodness is only what you make it; it is only insofar as it is connected with your goodness, and it ceases to be when that connection is severed. All these finite examples of goodness attract me. I love them and would love to grasp them. I pursue them and exhaust myself in a pursuit which I know will more often than not come to nothing, and which, even when it does succeed, leaves me utterly empty and dissatisfied. and all the while I neglect the boundless reality who alone can satisfy me and who is offering himself to me.
Yet it is you I desire; it is you I seek under these many forms. I love them only because they reveal to me something of your goodness, which is the only true goodness. You are the only one I truly desire and love, and the attraction of created things would cease if you ceased to be the one who is goodness itself and who gives himself to us.
Goodness is the giving of oneself. Infinite goodness is the total gift of self, without limits, without reserve either in duration of time or space or in the giving of what one has and is. Goodness gives itself—like the sun shines, emits its rays, and diffuses its light; like a fire gives out its warmth or a spring pours forth its waters. You are that Goodness, that gift of self, that light, that heat, that spring watering the earth.
And you have introduced me into your presence—me, a tiny thing: empty, cold, unknown, and self-centered—in order that I may receive, insofar as I can, your being, which is all and wants to fill me to repletion.