Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Thoughts from Augustine

I have been reading Augustine's Confessions - in the Benignus O'Rourke translation.  Needless to say, I have been struck by a number of things - but let me mention three.

One is where he says, "'Tomorrow', I kept saying ..... "  Augustine was aware of his tendency to put stuff off, particularly to delay putting his life right as he wanted to keep enjoying 'sin' for the moment.  Is there a lesson there?

Second, another brief comment is: "Wherever we taste the truth, God is there."  It is always good to remember that God represents truth.  There are times when we want to avoid the truth.  That is not the way of God.

Thirdly, he recognises how much we need to place God at the centre of things.  We can get involved in all sorts of amazing stuff - but God tops it all: "A person with faith, who may know nothing of the gyrations of the Great Bear, is without doubt better off than the one who tracks the stars, counts them, and measures the elements, yet leaves you out of his (sic) reckoning."

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