Blog Template Theology of the Body: Happy Feast of St. Augustine!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Happy Feast of St. Augustine!

"And I sought a way of acquiring strength sufficient to enjoy You, my God; but I found it not until I embraced that Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who is over all, God blessed for ever, calling unto me, and saying, I am the way, the truth, and the life, and mingling that food which I was unable to receive with our flesh. For the Word was made flesh, that Your wisdom, by which You created all things, might provide milk for our infancy. For I did not grasp my Lord Jesus,—I, though humbled, grasped not the humble One; nor did I know what lesson the infirmity of His would teach us. For Your Word, the Eternal Truth, pre-eminent above the higher parts of Your creation, raises up those that are subject unto Himself; but in this lower world built for Itself a humble habitation of our clay, whereby He intended to abase from themselves such as would be subjected and bring them over unto Himself, allaying their swelling, and fostering their love; to the end that they might go on no further in self-confidence, but rather should become weak, seeing before their feet the Divinity weak and wearied, and might cast themselves down upon Him, and so that Him rising, might lift them up."

Confessions, Book VII.