Saint of the week
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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 not have 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.”
Saint Augustine: “Confessions”. Book X.
“He is Mediator as he is man, for by his humanity he shows us that, in order to obtain that blessed and beatific good, we need not seek other mediators to lead us through the successive steps of this attainment, but that the blessed and beatific God, having himself become a partaker of our humanity, has afforded us ready access to the participation of his divinity.
For in delivering us from our mortality and misery, he does not lead us to the immortal and blessed angels, so that we should become immortal and blessed by participating in their nature, but he leads us straight to that Trinity, by participating in which the angels themselves are blessed.
Therefore, when he chose to be in the form of a servant, and lower than the angels, that he might be our Mediator, he remained higher than the angels, in the form of God—himself at once the way of life on earth and life itself in heaven.”
Saint Augustine: “City of God”. Book IX. Chapter 15.
The image above is of Saint Augustine from the fresco by Sandro Botticelli, (1480), in the Chiesa di Ognissanti, Florence.