Today, August 28, is the Feast of St. Augustine. You can read all about him in this article from CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Augustine of Hippo .
Many times in 12 Step meetings or when listening to someone in recovery speak about their journey, they mention a “hole in the soul” that was filled by their addiction. Eventually they were no longer able to fill that hole with their addiction, at which point they hit bottom or otherwise reached their “jumping off place”, from which they slowly turned away from alcohol or drugs and towards a “higher power”. Hopefully that “higher power” is God and not some secular idol, but nevertheless they discover something better.
St. Augustine discovered something better after his life of debauchery and other various sins. A well-known quote of his is:
CHURCH FATHERS: Confessions, Book I (St. Augustine): “Thou movest us to delight in praising You; for You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You.“
(Via New Advent.)
“Our hearts are restless till they find rest in You.“ A hole in the soul causes us to be restless until that hole is filled. We are spiritual beings, and that need is satisfied by any number of ways, some healthy, some not. But only when our hearts find their rest in God are we truly “satisfied.” He alone gives us what we need and fills the empty spaces of our heart.
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