St. John of Avila, Doctor of the Church
God Loves You Because He Is Good, Not Because You Are.
As I have often repeated, God loves you as you are. Be content that His love should come from His goodness, and not from your merits. What does it matter to a bride if she is not beautiful, if the bridegroom's affection for her makes her seem so in his eyes? If you look only on yourself, you will loathe yourself and your many defects will take away all your courage. - Letters of Saint John of Avila
H/T Dom Mark Kirby