"To Love Others Well"
"Love also says, 'Kindness towards others obeys no created thing but Love. Kindness towards others possesses nothing of her own, and if she does possess something, she never says it belongs to her. Kindness towards others skips her own needs to help a neighbor. Kindness towards others asks no payment from anyone for any good or any pleasure she does. Kindness towards others knows no guilt, fear, or anxiety. She is so good, no circumstances can break her spirit.
Kindness towards others doesn’t think this world is worth much, really. Kindness towards others gives to her neighbors all she has that’s worth anything. She keeps nothing for herself. Her amazing generosity often makes her promise what she doesn’t have because she knows the more she gives, the more she receives in her soul. Kindness towards others is such a wise businesswoman that she earns profits everywhere when others go out of business, and she escapes all those things that bind others. That’s how she has such influence and such wealth, because she pleases Love.
Remember, if we want to love others well, we must be humble in spirit as we are being kind to our neighbors.'"
—Marguerite Porete, "The Mirror of Simple Souls"
Marguerite Porete (d. 1310) was a French Beguine mystic and martyr. She was condemned as a heretic because of her writing which, in her time, was misunderstood as a spirituality that dispensed with the Church in favor of direct communion with God.