By: Agnes Cunningham
"Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you...I tasted you, and feel but hunger and thirst for you. You touched me, and I am set on fire to attain the peace which is yours." Augustine of Hippo is arguably one of the most influential Fathers of the Church, but it is not because of his famous works on theology and philosophy that we look to him as a wisdom figure. In his search for the truth, Augustine's writings and ponderings tell as different story of conversion, reminding us of our own daily conversions. His wisdom, founded on and nourished by his gifts of nature and grace, has its roots in the story of his conversion that transformed his life - and through these passages, our own lives -into a confession of praise. In Advent and Christmas Wisdom of St. Augustine, Agnes Cunningham, SSCM, uses passages from St. Augustine's writing to guide and inspire our journey this Advent season. His rich spiritual life forges the way to a season of humility as we continue deeper into the mystery of the Incarnation.