You are not dispersed

Can heaven and earth, then, contain you, seeing as you fill them? Or when you fill them, is some part of your being left over, as they cannot contain you? And where do you pour it back, this portion of you that remains after you have filled heaven and earth? Or do you not need to be contained in anything, as you yourself contain all things, and in containing them, fill them? For the vessels that contain you do not keep you in one place; even if they were shattered, you would not be poured out. And when you pour yourself out upon us (Joel 2.28-9, Acts 2.17-8), you do not sink to the lowest level, but you raise us up (Luke 13.13);

you are not dispersed, but rather you gather us together.

St. Augustine, from the first book of his Confessions.


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