St Augustine, Confessions (Book Eight)

Help me with gratitude to remember and confess to you your mercies you have given me.

Fill my bones with your love. The way = the Savior himself. There are men who knew God, glorified him, but didn’t thank him. I have fallen into this. You have held me up oh Lord until I have recovered.  I found the pearl of great price but I hesitated. You can do all things Lord, how did you convey yourself into my bosom? God passed through man to make him rejoice more at salvation of a soul and delivered him from danger. There is no

“I found the pearl of great price but I hesitated”

pleasure of human eat or drink without the pain of thirst and hunger. The greater joy is everywhere preceded by the greater pain. How are you the deepest and the highest? We should believe that all are equal, rich to poor, ignoble to noble, the richest things of the world to confound the things which are mighty, and base things of the world, and things which are despised. My will was the enemy master of, and then had made for me and bound me. Because of a perverse will was lust made, and lust indulged in and became custom and custom not resisted became necessity. A hard bondage held me enthralled. The two wills battled within in me and by their discord they unstrung my soul. I had no other option than to give myself up to your love, and yield

“I had no other option than to give myself up to your love, and yield myself to your will.”

myself to your will. Awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. The law of sin is the violence of custom, whereby the mind is drawn and held, even against its will, deserving to be held in that it so willingly falls into it. O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death, but thy grace only, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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