Skip to content

We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away.

Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you.

Help Now >

Be like St. Augustine

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes
'God likes to be hidden, discrete. He does not impose; it is like the air we breathe.'

St. Augustine's Confessions recount the fourth-century bishop's spiritual conversion from his restless youth to finding peace in Christ.

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Highlights

By Courtney Mares (CNA)
10/19/2022 (1 month ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: St Augustine, Pope Francis

Pope Francis has recommended that everyone can benefit from a similar personal examination of their own life story.

Speaking at his Wednesday general audience on Oct. 19, the pope said that "rereading one's life ... allows us to notice the little miracles that the good Lord works for us every day.

"Our life is the most precious 'book' that is given to us, a book that unfortunately many do not read, or rather they do so too late, before dying. And yet, it is precisely in that book that one finds what one pointlessly seeks elsewhere," he said.

"St. Augustine, a great seeker of the truth, had understood this just by rereading his life, noting in it the silent and discreet, but incisive, steps of the presence of the Lord."

The pope highlighted a passage from book 10 of Augustine's Confessions, where the doctor of the church wrote: 

"Late have I loved 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."

St. Augustine's words are an invitation to "cultivate an interior life in order to find what you are looking for," the pope observed.

Pope Francis said that reflecting on one's own story also means recognizing the presence of "toxic elements" in one's past and how to avoid repeating mistakes.

"Discernment is the narrative reading of the good times and the dark times, of the consolations and desolations that we experience in the course of our life. In discernment, it is the heart that speaks to us about God, and we must learn to understand its language," he said.

The pope recommended studying the lives of the saints to help recognize how God acts in a person's life.

"Because God's style is discreet," he said. "God likes to be hidden, discrete. He does not impose; it is like the air we breathe -- we do not see it but it allows us to live, and we realize this only when it is missing."

Pilgrims from Haiti, Indonesia, Croatia, Poland, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Canada, the United States, Switzerland, and the Democratic Republic of Congo were present in St. Peter's Square for the pope's sixth general audience dedicated to the theme of personal discernment. 

We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away.

Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you.

Help Now >

At the end of the audience, Pope Francis asked for prayers for "martyred Ukraine." He also offered up a prayer intention for the victims of severe flooding in Nigeria, where more than 600 people died from the natural disaster, according to local officials.

"I would like to invite you to look to the Mother of God with childlike confidence, drawing from her example and intercession the strength to move forward," Pope Francis said.

We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away.

Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you.

Help Now >

Join the Movement
When you sign up below, you don't just join an email list - you're joining an entire movement for Free world class Catholic education.

Giving Tuesday 2022: Support Now
Daily Readings logo
40 Days of Deals this Christmas season of 2022

We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away.

Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you.

Help Now >

We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away.

Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you.

Help Now >

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2022 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2022 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!