Day 12 – SEARCH FOR TRUTH
Veritas is the Latin word for truth and Augustine described his life as a restless search for truth. He was a life-long learner who tried to find this truth in his studies, the Manichean cult, his political career, and in living a sinful life. It was not until he turned within himself and discovered Jesus Christ, the Inner Teacher, that he found truth. He captures this relationship with God by stating in his Confessions: “Lord, let me know myself, let me know you.” Augustine’s search for truth is a restless journey of the heart.
He believes that our true identity as people dwells within us where we encounter God. God is closer to us than we are to ourselves. He states the importance of this yearning heart in his Confessions: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” The inner search for truth requires an open spirit. An open spirit is taking flight from our inner heart toward the transcendent God by moving from interiority to truth, from liberty to love, and from friendship to community.