The Confessions And Letters Of St by St. Augustine
Chapter VII.--That the Holy Spirit Brings Us to God.
8. Hence let him that is able now follow Thy apostle with his understanding where he thus speaks, because Thy love |is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us;| and where, |concerning spiritual gifts,| he teacheth and showeth unto us a more excellent way of charity; and where he bows his knees unto Thee for us, that we may know the super-eminent knowledge of the love of Christ. And, therefore, from the beginning was He super-eminently |borne above the waters.| To whom shall I tell this? How speak of the weight of lustful desires, pressing downwards to the steep abyss? and how charity raises us up again, through Thy Spirit which was |borne over the waters?| To whom shall I tell it? How tell it? For neither are there places in which we are merged and emerge. What can be more like, and yet more unlike? They be affections, they be loves; the filthiness of our spirit flowing away downwards with the love of cares, and the sanctity of Thine raising us upwards by the love of freedom from care; that we may lift our hearts unto Thee where Thy Spirit is |borne over the waters;| and that we may come to that pre-eminent rest, when our soul shall have passed through the waters which have no substance.