St Augustine - Take Up And ReadOur Lady of Guadalupe
Take Up and Read Scripture Study

You are invited to OLG’s scripture study group!

The group meets regularly 2 times each month.

Date:      Every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month (except holidays)
Time:      7:00 to 8:30PM
Place:     The Coop (next door to the parish office)
                234 Prospect Ave, Hermosa Beach

We cover readings for the upcoming Sundays.  For each reading, a brief historical context is provided, followed by the reading, reflection and discussion.

Please join us at your leisure.

Take Up and Read Scripture Study is facilitated by Carlos Diaz, who recently completed the 3-year certificate program through the Catholic Bible Institute. For information or questions, contact Carlos at [email protected]

So was I speaking and weeping in the most bitter contrition of my heart, when, lo!  I heard from a neighboring house a voice, as of boy or girl, I know not, chanting, and oft repeating. ‘Take up and read; Take up and read.’

Instantly, my countenance altered, I began to think most intently whether children were wont in any kind of play to sing such words: nor could I remember ever to have heard the like.

So checking the torrent of my tears, I arose; interpreting it to be no other than a command from God to open the book, and read the first chapter I should find…

Eagerly then I returned to the place where Alypius was sitting; for there had I laid the volume of the Apostle when I arose thence.

I seized, opened, and in silence read that section on which my eyes first fell: ‘Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying; but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, in concupiscence.’ [Romans 13:14-15]

No further would I read; nor needed I: for instantly at the end of this sentence, by a light as it were of serenity infused into my heart, all the darkness of doubt vanished away.”

From The Confessions of St. Augustine, translated by Edward Pusey
(Paragraphs reformatted for emphasis)