“My God, I love Thee; Not because I hope for heaven thereby, nor yet because who loved thee not, must dies eternally.
Thou, O my Jesus, thou didst me upon the cross embrace; Thou, O my Jesus, for me Thou didst bear the nails, the nails and spear, and manifold disgrace;
Why, then why, O blessed Jesus Christ, should I not love Thee well? Not for the hope of winning heaven, or escaping hell; not with hope of gaining aught, not seeking a reward;
But as Thyself hast loved me, O everloving Lord! Even so I love Thee, and will love, and in Thy praise will sing; solely because Thou art my God, and my eternal King.”
– Francis Xavier