St. Augustine Seeks God In the Depths of His Own Soul

St. Augustine of Hippo

By: St. Augustine of Hippo

Thou remainest unchangeable over all, and yet has vouchsafed to dwell in my memory since I learnt Thee. And  why seek I now in what place thereof Thou dwellest, as if there were places therein? Sure am I that in it Thou dwellest since I have remembered Thee, ever since I learnt Thee, when I call Thee to remembrance. Where then did I find Thee that I might learn Thee? For in my memory Thou wert not before I learnt Thee. Where then did I find Thee that I might learn Thee but in Thee above me?…Too late loved I Thee, O Beauty so old, yet ever new! Too late loved I Thee. And behold, Thou wert with me, but I was not with Thee. Thou calledst, and shoutedst, burstedst my deafness. Thou flashedst, shonedst, and scatteredst my blindness. Thou breathedst odors, and I drew in breath, and panted for Thee. I tasted, and hungered and thirsted. Thou touchedst me, and I was on fire for Thy peace.

Confessions 10.36, 37, 38, in Butler, Western Mysticism, pp 40, 41.

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