-Selection from The Confessions for the second reading at Vigils
I know that often we, in theology and philosophy, reflect on how "there is nothing new under the sun". From time to time there is a new insight in the particulars, but when it comes to the basics I think it holds true. Nothing shows this more beautifully than the above quote from St. Augustine.
Unfortunately, in many ways, it is an insight that each individual must come to in the recesses of their hearts. It can't be taught. It can't be forced. It can't be reasoned. It can only be surrendered to.
Yes, I know. We can help by setting up the circumstances. We can give good example. We can even try to point out the logic of it in contrast to the incredible pain and evil. But, in the end, we must go about it in the same manner as St. Monica - prayer, prayer, and more prayer.
We propose, but God disposes in His own good time and for His own good purpose. Who is it in your life that stands in need of prayer? Who, in your life, is just a change of heart away from doing great things for the Lord?
Let us pray for ourselves, that we may have the humility and the courage to continue in our life of surrender, allowing the Lord to work His wonders through us - great or small as they may seem to us. And let us pray too for those who have such great potential and yet stand in need of surrender - that their potential may become actualized and contribute to the building up of the City of God. Pray well!