Tarde I loved you, O Beauty so old and so new… Tarde I loved you!!!Thirty years I was away from God. But during that time, something was moving inside my heart… I was restless, someone who was looking for happiness, I was looking for something I couldn't find… But You felt sorry for me and everything changed, because You let me know You. I went inside under Your Guide and I did it, because You did my help. 2. You were inside me and I was outside… “Men go out for walks, in order to admire the top of the mountains, the incessant noise of the seas, the beautiful and uninterrupted course of the rivers, the majestic movements of the stars. And yet they bypass themselves. Do not risk the adventure of an interior tour”. During the years of my youth, I set my heart on outward things that only made me further and further away from the One Whom my heart, without knowing it, longed for… Behold, you were in and I was out! They held me away from You the things that would only exist in You. You were with me and not I with You… 3. But You called me, cried out for me and Your cry broke my deafness… “You made me enter into myself… In order not to look inside me, I had hidden myself. But You pulled me out of my hiding place and set me before myself, that I might see how unworthy I was, how deformed and stained and dirty I was." In the midst of the struggle, I turned to my great friend Alypius and told him: "The ignorant snatch heaven from us and we, with all our science, struggle in our flesh." That's how I found myself, weeping disconsolately, as I wondered when I would stop saying “Tomorrow, tomorrow”… It was then that I heard a voice coming from the house next door… A voice that said: “Take it and read. Catch him!". 4. Thou hast shone, shone upon me, and hast chased away my blindness. So I ran to the Bible, opened it, and read the first chapter my gaze fell on. It belonged to St. Paul's letter to the Romans and said: “Not in orgies and drunkenness, nor in debauchery and debauchery, nor in quarrels and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 13:13f). Those Words resonated within me. They seemed to be written by someone who knew me, who knew about my life. St. Augustine.
Bem-aventurados os mansos, porque eles herdarão a terra; Bem-aventurados os que têm fome e sede de justiça, porque eles serão fartos; Bem-aventurados os misericordiosos, porque eles alcançarão misericórdia; Bem-aventurados os limpos de coração, porque eles verão a Deus; Bem-aventurados os pacificadores, porque eles serão chamados filhos de Deus; Bem-aventurados os que sofrem perseguição por causa da justiça, porque deles é o reino dos céus; Bem-aventurados sois vós, quando vos injuriarem e perseguirem e, mentindo, disserem todo o mal contra vós por minha causa.(Mt.5)