Augustine's Prayer for Self-Awareness

Augustine quote and prayer for self knowledge, self awareness, know yourselfIn Augustine we find one of the great prayers that understands the deep connection between self-awareness and God-awareness.

John Calvin echoed Augustine in Book One of the Institutes. "The knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves are bound toether by a mutual tie.

Bernard of Clairvaux said, "Know yourself and you will have a wholesome fear of God...Without knowledge of self, we have no knowledge of God."

While we must always be on guard that our self-awareness does not become self-preoccupation or self-obsession, still, a healthy understanding of your inner life is part of the way to know God. Pascal said that as we come to know our own wretched state of pride and misery, that points to Jesus Christ - our true equilibrium.

May you have much grace on the journey to know yourself and then promptly, know God.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International