By Paulo Coelho
God speaks to us through signs. It is a highly individual language which requires us to have faith and discipline if we are fully to absorb it.
This is how St Augustine was converted. He had spent years searching in various philosophies for an answer to the meaning of life. One evening, in the garden of his house in Milan, he was reflecting on the utter failure of his search when he heard the sing-song voice of a child saying: ‘Pick it up and read it! Pick it up and read it!’
Although he had always been ruled by logic, he decided, on an impulse, to open the first book that came to hand. It was the Bible, and he read part of an epistle by St Paul, which contained all the answers he was looking for.
From then on, Augustine’s logic made room for faith, and he became one of the Church’s greatest theologians.
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