Friday, August 28, 2009

Augustine:Bad Boy Turned Saint

One of the very first saints I read upon my return to the Church was Augustine's Confessions. This man truly did it all; today's soap operas and dramas have nothing on him! Thanks in great part to the prayers of his mother, St. Monica, Augustine not only converted but became bishop of Hippo. In addition to the prayers of his mother, St. Ambrose became a teacher and mentor to him as well.
Augustine's Confessions is not an easy read, but a definite "must read" as far as the lives of the saints is concerned.
One of my favorite passages in this book is the fairly well~known, Late Have I Loved Thee passage. In my humble opinion, these are some of the most beautiful words ever written by a repentant sinner.

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.

*Note: For a link to Augustine's biography see yesterday's post on St. Monica.

4 comments:

Anne said...

"You breathed your fragrance on me" I completely love that line! Can you just smell Him? So sweet!

John said...

Karinann! What a great post! " I have tasted you, and now I hunger and thrist for more." This is so beautiful! Also I wanted to says thank you for your post a couple of days ago that includes me! That was so awesome! Thank you also for your nice comments on my blog!:)

You are an inspiration!:)

Karinann said...

John,
You are most welcome. Glad you liked the St. Augustine post.He is one of my favorite saints.

Colleen said...

I think this is an example for your Friday meme - the Touch of Our Savior's Hand. I just sent out my email newsletter - Prayer Morsels - and guess what I reflected on?? Late have I loved you ...
God bless!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.