354 – 430. At the age of 34, St. Augustine, a bright teacher of rhetoric, was led through the prayers of his mother, the preaching of St. Ambrose of Milan and the grace of God to turn from a life of self-indulgence to surrendering himself to the power of Christ working in him and realizing his vocation from God. A catechumen until then, he was baptized during the Easter Vigil, April 24, 387.
O God, you are love
and we discover you anew in all the true loves of our lives.
Through years of his searching you were leading Augustine
from one imperfect love to another
until through the Spirit-led relentless pursuit of knowledge and wisdom
his heart came to rest in you
who have created us for yourself alone.
Through Augustine’s intercession and example
free us from selfish greed, the unbridled will to control others,
and from the passion for fame and affection that keep us from true freedom
to accept the fullness of your love and to be authentic lovers of ourselves,
our neighbor, and the world you have given into our care.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ
in the communio of the Holy Spirit
this day and forever and ever. Amen.
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