You love, but a…

You love, but are not inflamed with passion; you are jealous yet free from care; you repent, but do not sorrow; you grow angry but remain tranquil. You change your works, but do not change your plan; you take back what you find, although you never lost it; you are never in want, but you rejoice in gain; you are never covetous, yet you exact usury. Excessive payments are made to you, so that you may be our debtor–yet who has anything that is not yours? You pay debts, although you owe no man anything; you cancel debts, and lose nothing.

St. Augustine of Hippo, “The Confessions of Saint Augustine”

Translated with an Introduction, and notes by John K. Ryan

 

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