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St Augustine (354 AD – 430)

A picture containing text, indoor  Description automatically generatedA beggar, lying on the bare ground and trembling from cold, falls asleep and dreams of treasures; in his dream he is very happy and grows arrogant, and will not even spare a glance for his own father who is clothed in rags.  As long as he has not awakened he is rich; but the greater the empty joy he experiences in sleep, the more, when he awakens, will he suffer from reality.


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In their many different idioms the classical spiritual writers have attempted to throw light on the eternal question of union with God. 
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