Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Saint Augustine

I read this quote by Saint Augustine a few weeks ago:

"Love God and do as you please."

On first reading, I wasn't sure what to think about this. It seemed a little liberal to me, well, a lot liberal. I mean, where's the rules? Do as I please? That's a little scary. So, I thought about it for a while - maybe even meditated on it. Finally, it dawned on me the simplicity and beauty of the quote. If I love God, really love God, the things I do will be in line with the things God wants me to do. Doing as I please isn't so much about me as it is about God. No rules required. Essentially this is a the same as love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Or so it seems to me. What do you think?.