Let Me Know Myself...

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Soon after his conversion Augustine prayed "O God, let me know myself; let me know you." He was convinced that the eventual discovery of God began with a discovery of one's self. Commenting on some of Augustine's writings, here Father Burt reflects on what Augustine said about the nature of the "self," obstacles standing in the way of discovery, and some of the facts one can learn from experience and faith about oneself.
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Overview

Soon after his conversion Augustine prayed "O God, let me know myself; let me know you." He was convinced that the eventual discovery of God began with a discovery of one's self. Commenting on some of Augustine's writings, here Father Burt reflects on what Augustine said about the nature of the "self," obstacles standing in the way of discovery, and some of the facts one can learn from experience and faith about oneself.
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Fr. Burt offers here a warm and sensitive invitation to journey within, guided by Augustine of Hippo’s own journey to self-knowledge enshrined in his well-known prayer to God: Let Me Know Myself . . . Fr. Burt insightfully draws upon Augustine’s own reflections as well as the experience of the modern self to provide not only a road map but most especially an incentive to risk making Augustine’s prayer their own. This is no easy journey, nor is it a private one—Fr. Burt’s engaging narrative makes that clear, but he offers wise counsel and practical direction for those modern pilgrims who are serious about that first interior step—and beyond.
Thomas F. Martin, OSA, Villanova University

Don Burt captures so beautifully the journey of discovering the inner self as framed by Augustine. How we reach understanding of the grand mystery of human life, our life, is explored here in a way that offers us hope as we come to realize the sacred place God holds in our hearts. Like Augustine we come to believe that in ‘facing ourselves we will have taken the first step toward discovering God.’
Helen Lafferty, Vice President, Villanova University

Fr. Burt weaves Augustine’s writings on the inner life of the soul into a compelling contemporary spirituality of the self without compromising the Bishop of Hippo’s thought. From his comprehensive knowledge of Augustine’s many books, sermons and letters, Burt quilts together memorable images of the bright and the dark hues of human experience. An added treat are Burt’s own translations of various passages from Augustine’s works that have the feel of someone who actually lived and conversed with the great Bishop. Fr. Burt is one of the few Augustinian scholars of today able to draw the reader into Augustine’s honest introspection and passionate desire to understand himself and God.
Joseph T. Kelley, Director, Center for Augustinian Study and Legacy, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts

Fr. Donald X. Burt is on a very short list of the finest biblical and patristic spirituality writers in the Church of the last half century. He has rendered a tremendous service to the Church in making St. Augustine accessible to the person unable to pore through his voluminous writings. Fr. Burt’s penetrating, down-to-earth style is music to the reader’s ear and heart. Free of ideological tentacles and platitudes, his writings address many of today’s pressing personal, relational, and pastoral issues. His books are ideal for spiritual reading as well as lectio divina, the Church’s model of holistic, contemplative reading that continues to assume greater prominence in Catholic life. Having read his books since the early 1980s, I can attest to their fresh, enduring qualities and their uncanny capacity to speak to the needs of the day. Very highly and personally recommended.
Karl A. Schultz, National Speaker and author of eleven books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814628003
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author


Donald X. Burt, OSA, PhD, is a member of the Augustinian Order. A professor emeritus in philosophy at Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Father Burt has written thirteen books and numerous articles on the thought of St. Augustine, including Let Me Know Myself . . ., Let Me Know You . . ., and Reflections on a Dying Life published by Liturgical Press.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1 Setting the Scene 1
The Mystery of My Self 2
The Inner and Outer Self 5
Adam's Loss of Self 10
The Old Man and New Man 15
The Cracked Self 20
The Need for Honesty 25
Pt. 2 Obstacles to Self-Discovery 31
Earthly Attachment 32
Concupiscence of the Flesh 38
Avarice 45
Concupiscence of the Eyes 51
Worldly Ambition 58
The "Make-Believe" Self 65
Pt. 3 On the Road to Discovery 71
The Grace-Filled Self 72
The Fragile Self: Rising Smoke 78
The Imperishable Self 83
The Inner Self and the Flow of Time 89
The Beauty of the Inner Self 95
The Value of My Self 101
The Love of Self 106
Forgetting the Self 112
Escaping Self 116
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2003

    Soul Search

    This is a great book that helps the reader find their true core, helping create personal concordia, or 'Oneness of Heart', which is an essential source of true peace. Reverand Donald X Burt wrote a great book that should be read by all.

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