We can learn from John how precious human souls are to the Divine Heart and how we can give him no greater joy than by being willing instruments on his shepherding way. He has carefully preserved and transmitted to us passages in which the Savior witnessed to himself and made known his divinity before friends and foes. He has disclosed to us the shrine of the Divine Heart by recording for us the Lord’s farewell address and his high priestly prayer. Through John we know how we are to participate as our destiny in the life of Christ — as a branch of the divine vine — and in the life of the triune God.
Saint Edith Stein
Address for the renewal of vows
6 January 1941
Stein, E. 2014, The Hidden Life: hagiographic essays, meditations, spiritual texts, translated from the German by Stein, W, ICS Publications, Washington DC.