Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pulchritude tam antiqua et tam nova

"Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you!  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."

St. Augustine, pray for us, that Beauty might ever draw us into deeper conversion, and deeper into Himself.  Thus may creatures come to resemble Creator; thus may we all become little beauties, fit for stirring hearts and rousing the world.

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