WEEKLY PRAYER GUIDE
May 03, 2021
Augustine of Hippo was a dominant spiritual guide in the church of North Africa during a time of political turbulence and pervasive religious division. He preached to many and wrote expansively on the meaning of the Christian faith and life. He fought many detractors and left a treasure chest of edifying, instructive and inspirational works. His Confessions have helped to shape Christian thought across the centuries and remains a vital source of contemplation and prayer. This week we will pray our prayers along with Augustine as a guide for deep reflection.
(3) Do heaven and hell therefore contain you, since you fill them? Or do you fill them, and does there yet remain something further, since they do not contain you? Where then do you diffuse what remains of you after heaven and hell have been filled? Or do you who contain all things have no need to be contained by anything further, since you fill all the things you fill by containing them? The vessels that are filled by you do not restrict you, for even if they are shattered, you are not poured forth, when you are poured upon us, you are not cast down, but you raise us up; you are not scattered about, but you gather us up. You fill all things, and you fill them all with your entire self. But since all things cannot contain you in your entirety, do they then contain a part of you, and do all things simultaneously contain the same part? Or do single things contain single parts, greater things containing greater parts and smaller things smaller parts? Is one part of you greater, therefore, and another smaller? Or are you entire in all places, and does no one thing contain you in your entirety?