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."


Humility is one of the ancient virtues. I came across this quote from Saint Augustine the other day in a very nice little book - The Leader as Mensch: Becoming the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow by Bruna Martinuzzi.

It is always worthwhile to use thoughts like this as a time to reflect on one's own experiences in life, ministry and leadership. So how are you doing with this virtue called HUMILITY?

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

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