This is in my library because I cannot stand it. I will never forget the struggle I had trying to understand St. Augustines' "Confessions". It wasn't one of those good struggles, where you manage to figure it out later and feel accomplished. This book made me very mad because I could not figure it out.
Treasure Binding. The Confessions of St. Augustine (Paris, 1638), front cover. Binding, possibly Dutch, early 18th century silver-gilt & gold filigree w/ an emerald, amethysts, a cabochon ruby, topaz, turquoise, aquamarines, garnets and seed pearls. Sold by Christies' auction house, New York, Dec 2008, for $10,625 USD. For detailed view, see: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/books-manuscripts/binding-jewelled-binding-st-augustine-the-confessions-5156049-details.aspx
Try as they may to savour the taste of eternity, their thoughts still twist and turn upon the ebb and flow of things in past and future time. But if only their minds could be seized and held steady, they would be still for a while and, for that short moment, they would glimpse the splendour of eternity which is for ever still. http://korolev.msk.ru/books/dc/Agustine_confessions8740.txt
“You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run.” St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
amen to that... so cool to think about! after all i try to do to get my mind around something that i can never understand, and am glad that i can't. cuz what good is a mystery once you figure out all the details? :))