Our Restless, Foolish Hearts

Philippe de Champaigne-16-Saint Augustine (1645-1650) 62.2x78.7
The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe-Prayer
Tuesday, 28 August 2018, Memorial of St. Augustine
2Thessalonians 2:1-3,14-17///Matthew 23:23-26 

            Our dearest loving God and Father, we praise and thank you in giving us a great saint in Augustine who have experienced our same situation of searching for you and most especially in finding you.  Allow us to own his confession and prayer, “Late have I known you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you!  You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you.  In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created.  You were with me, but I was not with you.  Created things kept me from you.”

             Cleanse out hearts, O Lord!  Keep us firm in our faith in you, “encourage our hearts strengthen them in every good deed and word.”(2Thess.2:17) 

            Cleanse our hearts, O Lord, to remember always the deeper meaning of our rituals and practices meant to purify us within (Mt.23:25-26) for as St. Augustine have realized, “our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”  Amen. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria,Bulacan 3022.  (Photo from Google:  A painting of St. Augustine by renowned French painter Philippe de Champaigne done between 1645-1650 now hanging at the Los Angeles County Museum in California, USA.)

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