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Noverim te, noverim me (May I know You, may I know myself) exists to help individuals and groups draw closer to God and gain a deeper understanding of themselves in relationship with God.

The name is taken from a prayer written by St. Augustine  (AD 354-430).  His prayer was simple, yet revealed a heart that desired a deeper understanding of God and himself.

 

 

 

Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know Thee,
And desire nothing save only Thee.
Let me hate myself and love Thee.
Let me do everything for the sake of Thee.
Let me humble myself and exalt Thee.
Let me think of nothing except Thee.
Let me die to myself and live in Thee.
Let me accept whatever happens as from Thee.
Let me banish self and follow Thee,
And ever desire to follow Thee.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in Thee,
That I may deserve to be defended by Thee.
Let me fear for myself, let me fear Thee,
And let me be among those who are chosen by Thee.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in Thee.
Let me be willing to obey for the sake of Thee.
Let me cling to nothing save only to Thee,
And let me be poor because of Thee.
Look upon me, that I may love Thee.
Call me that I may see Thee,
And for ever enjoy Thee. Amen.

Soliloquies (II, 1, 1)  

To see the Latin text of St. Augustine’s prayer

 

155490451 web“Noverim te, noverim me”… “May I know you, may I know myself” is the cry of the seeker and those who desire what Jesus described when he proclaimed, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)  It is a prayer for those who desire a deeper relationship with God and understanding of the spiritual core of their being.

It is a cry that runs counter to much of our culture.  Surrounded by people who want little more than a momentary “experience” of things spiritual, the true seeker joins with Augustine and says, “I have tasted much that this world has to offer and found it121368399 web wanting…there must be more.”

As we grow to have a deeper understanding of Jesus and who we are in relationship with God, spiritual direction helps provide focus, direction and peace for our lives.  We learn to seek God’s leading, guiding and directing for every season of life.  The storms of life will still rage, trouble will come our way and we will know pain.  Yet in the midst of all life brings our way we will seek the presence of Christ and we can know Jesus’ “peace that passes all understanding”. (Philippians 4:7)

While each person’s spiritual journey will appear different there will be common stages.  The one thing every journey has in common is that it begins right where you are…with a desire to grow a deeper relationship with God.

We welcome the opportunity to journey with you.

 

Noverim te Noverim me is a branch of A Place in the Conversation. Click below to learn more!

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