I am reading a biography of Augustine who lived from 354-430 AD and was a bishop in North Africa.  Here is some of his advice to preachers: “To be listened to, the preacher should possess a joy that is calm and deep, the joy of certitude.  He should himself show the joy that conviction brings.” This does not apply only to preachers and is a good test for the strength of all of our convictions.  Do you understand what he is talking about here?  Are you convinced to the point that you have the joy that conviction brings or are you wavering in uncertainty?  God is not afraid of your questions and the Christian faith will not crumble under the weight of your doubts.  Augustine spent around a decade searching and wondering before he came to this point.  If you are not yet convinced entirely, press on until you possess a joy that is calm and deep, the joy of certitude.   [Quotation from Jacques Chabannes, St. Augustine,...

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