Confessions of St Augustine, ch1

Chapter I

Great art Thou, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is Thy power, and Thy wisdom infinite. And Thee would man praise; man, but a particle of Thy creation; man, that bears about him his mortality, the witness of his sin, the witness that Thou resistest the proud: yet would man praise Thee; he, but a particle of Thy creation. Thou awakest us to delight in Thy praise; for Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee. Grant me, Lord, to know and understand which is first, to call on Thee or to praise Thee? and, again, to know Thee or to call on Thee? for who can call on Thee, not knowing Thee? for he that knoweth Thee not, may call on Thee as other than Thou art. Or, is it rather, that we call on Thee that we may know Thee? but how shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? or how shall they believe without a preacher? and they that seek the Lord shall praise Him: for they that seek shall find Him, and they that find shall praise Him. I will seek Thee, Lord, by calling on Thee; and will call on Thee, believing in Thee; for to us hast Thou been preached. My faith, Lord, shall call on Thee, which Thou hast given me, wherewith Thou hast inspired me, through the Incarnation of Thy Son, through the ministry of the Preacher.

Lord, grant me to know You.

Teach me to pray to You without ceasing and with increasing trust to believe all Your promises are Yes and Amen through Jesus Christ.

Transform me that I might see You better and love you more and so worship You in spirit and in truth.

Conform me to Your will; let my desire for You be so great that Your will alone eclipses my own.

Amen.

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2 Responses to Confessions of St Augustine, ch1

  1. Good stuff! I have a lot of things underlined in Confessions. πŸ™‚ Another oldie but goodie that I’ve really enjoyed is The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. These men thought so deeply and thoroughly of God – what a challenge!

  2. TimWitten says:

    Thanks Blaine… I’ll add that one to my Mt Everest of reading hopes and dreams. πŸ™‚ I love the example of deep thought reflected in Confessions too and honest responsiveness to God and how his thoughts are guided by the scriptures. It encourages me to press on.

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