“Thou wast with me, but I was not with thee.”
Browsing Reddit today while taking a break from essay planning, I came across a Catholic convert’s blog. The majority of the piece is dedicated to her decision to pick a saint for Confirmation. Ultimately, she chose Saint Augustine.
While I was raised Catholic, I can’t really say I carried much of the religion into my adulthood. My Confirmation saint, after all, was St. Leonard – after being so inspired as a child by Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy (and who happens to be Jewish).
Just goes to show how far I am from the tradition. Pointy ears and all.
And yet I don’t feel so far away.
leahlibresco left a beautiful excerpt from St. Augustine which I feel resonates with many on their path. Whatever that might be. I thought I’d share it with you here:
“Belatedly I loved thee, O Beauty so ancient and so new, belatedly I loved thee. For see, thou wast within and I was without, and I sought thee out there. Unlovely, I rushed heedlessly among the lovely things thou hast made. Thou wast with me, but I was not with thee. These things kept me far from thee; even though they were not at all unless they were in thee. Thou didst call and cry aloud, and didst force open my deafness. Thou didst gleam and shine, and didst chase away my blindness. Thou didst breathe fragrant odors and I drew in my breath; and now I pant for thee. I tasted, and now I hunger and thirst. Thou didst touch me, and I burned for thy peace.”
There you have it. So on that note: Live long, and prosper friends.