Could you embrace that?

There is a hideous blemish on my body
I said to God, “Let me love you.” And He replied, “Which part?”
“All of you, all of you,” I said.

“Dear,” God spoke, “you are as a mouse wanting to impregnate
a tiger who is not even in heat. It is a feat way
beyond your courage and strength.
You would run from me
if I removed my

I said to God again,
“Beloved I need to love you—every aspect, every pore.”

And this time God said,
“There is a hideous blemish on my body, though it is such an infinitesimal part of my Being – could you kiss that if it were revealed?”
“I will try, Lord, I will try.”

And then God said,
“That blemish is all the hatred and
cruelty in this

Thomas Aquinas