Monday, January 10, 2011

"Late Have I Loved You"

On the Feast of Our Baptism of the Lord, the following words really spoke to me from St Augustine, because I came to realize how I was 'Late' in seeing the banquet put before us on the altar. Thanks be to God for showing me the way.

"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." - Confessions of St Augustine

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