„The Confessions of Saint Augustine”, New American Library, New York, 2009, 358 de pagini


 

9780451531216O lectură greoaie, care poate fi parcursă doar dacă cititorul păstrează mereu în minte faptul că textul e scris la sfârșit de secol IV. Cartea, deși se vrea o autobiografie, conține foarte puține elemente de autobiografic, ele fiind frecvent parazitate de rugăciuni și invocații către divinitate. Deși Sf. Augustin afirmă că vorbește despre păcate grele, de neiertat în fața lui Dumnezeu, nu vorbește decât despre fapte banale  ale vieții lui. Amuzante sunt paginile în care amintește despre episodul în care, copil fiind, a furat pere. Consideră întâmplarea ca fiind un păcat major și îi dedică un spațiu generos. Interesante constatările despre originea răului, dar dezarmantă obsesia de a căuta răspunsuri într-o singură direcție. O carte în care facem cunoștință cu o minte care caută, cu o logică deloc lipsită de farmec. Cititorului contemporan îi vor trezi, totuși, ușoare aversiuni pasajele misogine ale textului (și aici, importantă e perioada în care el este scris). Halucinantă este prefața scrisă de Elizabeth Block; în ea, se vorbește mai degrabă despre cum, în mod miraculos, autoarea a rămas însărcinată când deja pierduse orice speranță, fără să fie clar care este legătura cu textul Sfântului Augustin. Ultimele trei dintre cele 13 părți sunt dogmatice, aproape fără interes pentru cei care nu au vocație teologică.

Nota mea: 6

 

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„Yet still man, this small portion of creation, wants to praise you. You stimulate him to take pleasure in praising you, because you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they can find peace in you.” 

“I did not know that God is a spirit and not one with parts extended in length and breadth, nor one of whose being can be used such words as size, weight, bulk.” 

“God`s commands to those in former times were not the same as his commands are to men of today; yet both in the past and in the present it is the same goodness to which obedience is due.”

“See how things pass away so that other things may take their places and that so this lower universe may be established in all its parts.” 

“Now whenever I come across any Christian brother, whoever it may be, who is ignorant of this sciences and has mistaken views on them, I can listen to him patiently enough as he delivers his opinions. So long as he does not hold any unworthy beliefs about you, Lord and Creator of all things, I cannot see that it does him any harm if he is rather ignorant about the situation or conditions of material objects.” 

“And it became clear to me that things which are subject to corruption are good. They would not be subject to corruption if they were either supremely good or not good at all; for, if they were supremely good, they would be incorruptible, and, if there was nothing good in them, there would be nothing which could be corrupted.”

“For the law of sin is the strong force of habit, which drags the mind along and it controls it even against its will – though deservedly, since the habit was voluntarily adopted.” 

“Indeed just as the flattery of friends often leads us astray, so the insults of enemies often do us good. But you do not award people for what you accomplish through them, but only in accordance with their intentions.” 

“Men are a race very inquisitive about other people`s lives, very lazy in improving their own.” 

“Thus it is not the future that is long, for the future does not exist; a long future is a long expectation of the future. Nor is the past long, since it does not exist; a long past is a long memory of the past” 

“So while we are all trying in our reading of the Holy Scripture to grasp what it was that the author of them meant to say, what harm can it do if a man grasps hold of something which you, who are the light of all truthful mind, show him is true, even if the author whom he is reading did not grasp this truth – though of course the author did express a truth, but a different one?” 

“And just as in man`s soul there is one part which rules by taking thought and another part which is subject to obedience, so for man, also corporeally, a woman was created to have a nature equal indeed to his in mind and rational intelligence, but to be in sex subjected to the masculine sex, in the same way as the appetite which leads to action is subjected to the skill, mentally derived, of acting rightly.” 

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