Reading again through Saint Augustine’s “Confessions”: Day 16 (Writing about God as Vocation)
“The day came when my release from the profession of rhetoric was to become a reality, just as, in my mind, I was free frol it already. The deed was done, and you rescued my tongue, as you had already rescued my heart. Praising you and full of joy I set out for the house in the country with all my friends and relations. Once we were there I began at last to serve you with my pen.
The books I wrote are evidence of this, although the old air can still be sensed in them, as though I were still panting from my exertions in the school of pride. In them are recorded the discussions I held with my friends who were with me and my deliberations with myself when I was alone in your presence… But time could never suffice for me to set down on paper all the great blessings which you bestowed upon me, particularly at that time, since I must hurry on on to tell of greater things.”