August 28, 2019
(St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
You have searched me and you know me, Lord.
Where can I go from your spirit? From your presence where can I flee? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I sink to the nether world, you are present there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall guide me, and your right hand hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall hide me, and night shall be my light.” For you darkness itself is not dark, and night shines as the day. Ps 139
Both the Psalmist and St. Augustine found themselves lost and searching for something more. The Psalmist searching for escape from the protecting and disciplining hand of God, recognized that there is no escape, because God is everywhere and in everything.
St. Augustine on the other hand found his escape from the meaninglessness of life in the wonders of God and in his union with the Holy Spirit within. And he learned that it really is – never too late to find God’s love! In his Confessions, Augustine wrote:
“Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all.
You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.”
The Confessions of St. Augustine
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