Fr. Steve Grunow“And what is this God? I asked the earth and it answered: ‘I am not God; and all the things in the earth made the same confession.’ I asked the sea and the deeps and creeping things, and they answered: ‘We are not your God, seek higher.’ I asked the winds that blow, and the whole air with all that is in it and the wind answered: ‘I am not God.’ I asked the heavens, the sun, the moon, the stars and they answered: ‘Neither are we God whom you seek.’ So I asked all those things that entice the senses: ‘Tell me then of this Mysterious One that I search for.’ And all cried out to me in one great voice: ‘God made us and God made you…’”

“So I set about to find God and found that I could not find him until I embraced the mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus, who is all over all these things, who was calling me and saying: ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life…’”

These marvelous words belong to St. Augustine, whose witness the Church celebrates today.

St. Augustine is one of the most renowned and influential saints of the Church, though his early life did not foreshadow such an identity and mission. He lived much of his young life in resistance to God’s will and purposes. Preoccupied with his body, he sought satisfaction in sex. Preoccupied with power, he sought to ingratiate himself with the mighty. Preoccupied with status, he sought self-promotion. Preoccupied with wealth, he tried to sell himself to a career. ….