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42: Late Have I Loved You by St. Augustine – God Doesn’t Give Up On Us!

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Late Have I Loved You” is a poetic excerpt from St Augustine’s “Confessions.” It’s a beautiful story of how St Augustine was so enthralled with the world, that he resisted God’s calling.

In the end, he could not resist God and he finally left worldly things behind and reached for God’s peace.

How many of us can echo Augustine’s sentiment, “Late have I loved you?”

I know I can.

Even though I was raised to love God as an evangelical, I abandoned God, for paganism and new-ageism. I covered my ears so that I could not hear God. I wanted to live my life on my terms.

I didn’t understand that I was hungering for God. As St Augustine says, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

Boy, was I restless.

However, even in the midst of my flirtations with the world, God continued to call me.

And finally I listened.

This website is called “BeautySoAncient.com” in gratitude and acknowledgement that, like St Augustine, I resisted God, but He never gave up on me.

He continued to shout, flare and blaze, until I was able to see. He did not allow me to die in my sins, but he called me to his Holy Catholic Church.

Late, have I loved you, Dear Lord. Thank you for saving me and calling you to your Holy Catholic Church.


Late have I loved you – St Augustine

Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you!
Lo, you were within,
but I outside, seeking there for you,
and upon the shapely things you have made
I rushed headlong – I, misshapen.
You were with me, but I was not with you.
They held me back far from you,
those things which would have no being,
were they not in you.
You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;
you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;
you lavished your fragrance, I gasped; and now I pant for you;
I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst;
you touched me, and I burned for your peace.

St Augustine


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