Saturday, May 7, 2016

More St. Augustine--On Prayer

St. Augustine and the Fire of Wisdom


I am going through some rough spots recently (won't indicate what) and have resorted more than usual to prayer.   Now I know that God answers every prayer, but does not necessarily grant what we pray for. 

I've even done the St. Jude Novena (with partial or perhaps problematic success.)   Last night I read the selection for May 6th from Augustine Day by Day and found it inspirational enough to post for others.


"If the cry to the Lord uttered by those who pray is made with the sound of the bodily voice, [but] without the heart being turned to God, who can doubt that it is made in vain?    But if it comes from the heart, even if the bodily voice is silent, it can be concealed from everyone else but not from God.
Therefore, when we pray--whether aloud as required or silently--to God, our cry must come from the heart."  Commentary on Psalm 118.

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Retired, cranky, old physicist.   Convert to Catholicism in 1995.   Trying to show that there is no contradiction between what science tells us about the world and our Catholic faith.   Intermittent blogs and adult education classes to achieve this end (see   and

Extraordinary Minister of Communion volunteer to federal prison and hospital; lector, EOMC.
Sometime player of bass clarinet, alto clarinet, clarinet, bass, tenor bowed psaltery for parish instrumental group and local folk group.

And, finally, my motivation:
“It is also necessary—may God grant it!—that in providing others with books to read I myself should make progress, and that in trying to answer their questions I myself should find what I am seeking.
Therefore at the command of God our Lord and with his help, I have undertaken not so much to discourse with authority on matters known to me as to know them better by discoursing devoutly of them.”
St. Augustine of Hippo, The Trinity I,8.