October / November
2018 - Vol. 100
Prayer of Augustine
lyrics and music by Ed
Click to listen to an MP3 audio
to Prayer of Augustine
O Beauty ancient, O Beauty
Late have I loved Thee and
feebly yet do.
Though you were with me, I
was not with You.
Then You shone Your face
and I was blind no more
My heart searches
restlessly and finds no rest ‘till it
rests in Thee.
O Seeker You sought for
me, Your love has found me;
I am taken by thee.
I sought this world and
chased its finer things,
Yet were these not in
You, they would not have been.
My ceaseless longing hid
the deeper truth,
In all my desirings, I
was desiring You.
Lord, in my deafness You
cried out to me.
I drew my breath and now
Your fragrance I breathe
O Fount of Life, You are
forever the same;
O Fire of Love, come set
hearts are restless until they rest in
- St. Augustine of Hippo
Ed's reflection on
"While reading Augustine's
"Confessions", I was deeply moved by this
(one of the most beautiful prayers
I've ever heard)...wouldn't this be wonderful if
the spirit of this prayer could be enhanced by
I remember asking God if he would
just frame this prayer with the right
melody. Eventually, this came out. Praise
There is a space formed by the
particular shape of our life. It is meant for God
himself to indwell. This must be felt as a lack...
and it comes about through daily circumstamces. It
may be caused by the cavern of a lonely heart, the
ache of a lost one, the yearning that comes from
"not yet being home." In truth we are to glory in
this emptiness -- for it is the price we pay for
such an immense dignity. To wait in courage for
God to fill our particular emptiness is one of the
most profound of love's acts.
The song Prayer of Augustine is included in a Music CD
entitled, Taken by Love, produced by In
Presence. The CD and sheet music can be
ordered from In
Presence. See online
order page, or order form, click on Taken by Love
CD. Individual can purchase the album or the mp3
as a download from I-Tunes or Rhapsody or any mp3
Ed Conlin is a
member of the Servants
of the Word, a missionary brotherhood of men
living single for the Lord. He lives in community
in the inner city of Detroit, Michigan, USA, and
works as a licensed substance abuse counselor and
chaplain with the Capuchin Franciscan Ministries