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 oneFr. 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 stepand 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