“I held my heart back from positively accepting anything, since I was afraid of another fall, and in this condition of suspense I was being all the more killed.” ―
Augustine of Hippo, Confessions, year 397.
Augustine was a very deep man, and many of his words still bring about that surprised hush and wonderment of one’s mind when hearing such profound words.
People still build walls up around their hearts, and to read that someone who lived over sixteen hundred years ago, felt they must “hold back their heart from positively accepting anything,” reveals that people haven’t profoundly changed (maybe) throughout time.
His insight for “being all the more killed,” is an appropriate description, because as someone closes themselves away, the person hoarding pain loses the spark that makes them unique.
Here are a few more of his insights:
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”
“How can the past and future be, when the past no longer is, and the future is not yet? As for the present, if it were always present and never moved on to become the past, it would not be time, but eternity.”
“You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run.”
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