I am part of a bookclub that meets Wednesdays from noon to one and is called Wisdom Wednesdays. The gathering was instigated by Joe Coco of Coco Enterprises in Whitefish, Montana and we meet at his office. The purpose of these Wisdom Wednesdays is to gather, engage in meaningful discussion of powerful works, and to participate in a community of conversation and respect.
In the last few years we’ve read: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters and the Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, The Emperor’s Handbook: A New Translation of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius by the Hicks brothers, and today we finished Confessions of St. Augustine, translated by F.J. Sheed.
For a group that spends 20 minutes eating lunch and/or chatting, 20 minutes reading aloud taking turns around the room, and 20 minutes discussing what we’ve read, we’ve accomplished a lot in not much time.
Today I sent a request to Hackett Publishing asking for copyright permission to add quotes from our latest — Augustine — to photos of mine. I usually call these things photo+quote collages, but I’ve also heard them referred to as “quotography.” I have no idea if I will be granted this permission, or what it may lead to. What I am certain of is that this is one of the most exquisite books I’ve read. There were so many times when the power of his words and thoughts caused me to come full stop to pause and breathe and try to take it in.
This is from Book 13 of the Confessions. I read this quote today and underlined it. My copy is filled with underscores, circled words, and calligraphy. When I came home it seemed ideal to add one of Augustine’s prayers to one of my photos of our mountains. If I get to do more of these (legally) I’ll be sharing them here.
“O Lord God, grant us peace, for Thou hast granted us all things, the peace of repose, the peace of Thy Sabbath, the peace that has no evening.”
— Saint Augustine — Confessions, translated by F. J. Sheed