February 28, 2008

St. Augustine's Prayer

Dearest Father, there is a prayer that was composed long ago, it goes like this:

Prayer on Finding God after a Long Search

Too late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient, O Beauty so new. Too late have I loved you! You were within me but I was outside myself, and there I sought you! In my weakness I ran after the beauty of the things you have made. You were with me, and I was not with you. The things you have made kept me from you - the things which would have no being unless they existed in you! You have called, you have cried, and you have pierced my deafness. You have radiated forth, you have shined out brightly, and you have dispelled my blindness. You have sent forth your fragrance, and I have breathed it in, and I long for you. I have tasted you, and I hunger and thirst for you. You have touched me, and I ardently desire your peace.

It is attributed to St. Augustine and a beautiful prayer to pray at any time. Sometimes when I have felt that I was away from our Lord for more than a minute I would think on this prayer and remind myself that it was you who first found me and kept me close. It is I who now strives to keep you ever present in my life and most especially in my heart.

0 Words of Wisdom:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...