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The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 31-33

CHAPTER XXXI—WE DO NOT SEE “THAT IT WAS GOOD,” BUT THROUGH THE SPIRIT OF GOD, WHICH IS IN US. But they who by Thy Spirit see these things, Thou seest in them. Therefore when they see that these things are good, Thou seest that they …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 28-30

CHAPTER XXVIII—HE PROCEEDS TO THE LAST VERSE, “ALL THINGS ARE VERY GOOD,”—THAT IS, THE WORK BEING ALTOGETHER GOOD. And Thou, O God, sawest every thing that Thou hadst made, and, behold, it was very good. Yea we also see the same, and behold, all things …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 25-27

CHAPTER XXV—HE EXPLAINS THE FRUITS OF THE EARTH (VER. 29) OF WORKS OF MERCY. I would also say, O Lord my God, what the following Scripture minds me of; yea, I will say, and not fear. For I will say the truth, Thyself inspiring me …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 22-24

CHAPTER XXII—HE EXPLAINS THE DIVINE IMAGE (VER. 26.) OF THE RENEWAL OF THE MIND. For behold, O Lord, our God, our Creator, when our affections have been restrained from the love of the world, by which we died through evil-living; and begun to be a …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 19-21

CHAPTER XIX—ALL MEN SHOULD BECOME LIGHTS IN THE FIRMAMENT OF HEAVEN. But first, wash you, be clean; put away evil from your souls, and from before mine eyes, that the dry land may appear. Learn to do good, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow, …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 16-18

CHAPTER XVI—THAT NO ONE BUT THE UNCHANGEABLE LIGHT KNOWS HIMSELF. For altogether, as Thou art, Thou only knowest; Who art unchangeably, and knowest unchangeably, and willest unchangeably. And Thy Essence Knoweth, and Willeth unchangeably; and Thy Knowledge Is, and Willeth unchangeably; and Thy Will Is, …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 10-12

CHAPTER X—THAT NOTHING AROSE SAVE BY THE GIFT OF GOD. Blessed creature, which being itself other than Thou, has known no other condition, than that, so soon as it was made, it was, without any interval, by Thy Gift, Which is borne above everything changeable, …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 7-9

CHAPTER VI—WHY THE HOLY GHOST SHOULD HAVE BEEN MENTIONED AFTER THE MENTION OF HEAVEN AND EARTH. But what was the cause, O true-speaking Light? -unto Thee lift I up my heart, let it not teach me vanities, dispel its darkness; and tell me, I beseech …

The Confessions of St. Augustine; Book 13: Chapters 4-6

CHAPTER IV—ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN CREATED BY THE GRACE OF GOD, AND ARE NOT OF HIM AS STANDING NEED OF CREATED THINGS. What then could be wanting unto Thy good, which Thou Thyself art, although these things had either never been, or remained without form; …