The famous North African bishop Augustine of Hippo was so influential in theology, philosophy, and history, that he hardly needs introduction. A prolific author and creative thinker, Augustine’s writings shaped Western society and continues to impact Christians today.
Augustine died on August 28, 430, while his beloved city of Hippo was besieged by the invading Vandals, ending Augustine’s nearly 40 year ministry in that city as priest, bishop, and theologian. In honor of his amazing life and ministry, this Sunday’s prayer comes from him.
O God, the Light of the heart that sees you,
…..the life of the soul that loves you,
…..the strength of the mind that seeks you:
May I ever continue to be steadfast in your love.
Be the joy of my heart;
…..take all of me to yourself, and abide therein.
The house of my soul is, I confess, too narrow for You.
Enlarge it that You may enter.
It is ruinous, but do repair it.
It has within it what must offend your eyes;
I confess and know it,
…..but whose help shall I seek in cleansing it but yours alone?
To you, O God, I cry urgently. Cleanse me from secret faults.
Keep me from false pride and sensuality
…..that they not get dominion over me.