Sunday, May 20, 2007

Preparing for Holy Communion

But what room is there in me so that my God may come to me, He that made heaven and the earth? Shall this be, O Lord my God? What in me could contain Thee? Who will grant me that Thou mayest come to my heart, and inebriate it, and I may embrace Thee, O my good Wine? What am I compared to Thee? Have mercy on me, that I may speak. The house of my soul is narrow for Thee to be entering it; let it be enlarged by Thee. It lieth in ruins; restore it. It containeth what would offend Thine eyes, I say it and know it; but who will cleanse it, or to whom will I cry out, except to Thee? From my secret sins cleanse me, O Lord, and from those of others spare They servant.

~from Confessions by St. Augustine

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