Restless Hearts: Satisfied by Eros and Agape

In the opening lines of his Confessions, St. Augustine famously writes, addressing our Lord, “For Thou hast made us for Thyself and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee” (trans. F.J. Sheed). In one sentence, Augustine summarizes the longings of the human heart and the purpose of life: man is not made for this world, because he is destined for union with God and to experience the Beatific Vision for all eternity. Indeed, Augustine’s early life is an example of restlessness, for he aimlessly sought the transient pleasures of this life without receiving…

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