Late have I loved you…

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 have not 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. {Confessions}

Lately this verse from St. Augustine’s “Confessions” has been haunting me. The words from this quote roll around in my head all day pulling me deeper into a meditation of the meaning that is hidden within these words. “You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you“. How often do we look for meaning and love in all the places that do not matter? We frantically look around to find some direction for our lives. We look “outside” to find something to fill our deepest desire. All the while, the answer is waiting within.

More often than not, we hear the answers to our deepest longings in the silence rather than the sound. Stop, listen and hear the voice of God speaking to your heart.


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