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Online Edition: August 2009
Vol. XV, No. 5

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Saint Augustine
August 28

I was speaking and weeping in the most bitter contrition of my heart, when, lo! I heard from a neighboring house a voice, as of boy or girl, I know not, chanting, and oft repeating. “Take up and read; Take up and read.” [“Tolle, lege! Tolle, lege!”] Instantly, my countenance altered, I began to think most intently whether children were wont in any kind of play to sing such words: nor could I remember ever to have heard the like. So checking the torrent of my tears, I arose; interpreting it to be no other than a command from God to open the Book, and read the first chapter I should find…. I seized, opened, and in silence read that section on which my eyes first fell: “Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying; but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, in concupiscence.” [Romans 13:14-15] No further would I read; nor needed I: for instantly at the end of this sentence, by a light as it were of serenity infused into my heart, all the darkness of doubt vanished away.

Saint Augustine - Confessions, Book 8, Chapter 12
(Translated by Edward Pusey. The Harvard Classics, Vol. VII, Pt I. New York. PF Collier & Son, 1909-14)


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