Saturday, May 29, 2010

Augustine & the Boy on the Beach

The Sea Shell,  Benozzo Gozzoli (1420-1497) Church of St. Augustine San Gimignano

There is a story told about St. Augustine as he was writing about the Holy Trinity.  

He saw a boy playing on the beach who had dug a hole in the sand and was going out to the sea again and again and bringing some water in a little sea shell to pour into the hole. St. Augustine asked him, “What are you doing?” “I’m going to pour the entire ocean into this hole.” “That is impossible, the whole ocean will not fit in the hole you have made,” said St. Augustine. The boy replied, “And you cannot fit the Trinity in your tiny little brain.”  The boy then disappeared and Augustine believed he had seen an angel.


  1. This reminds me of my encounters with the JWs. [door to door religion people.] They come here so often. I just tell them something good that is happening spiritually with me or my church. Anyway.....when I said something about what I believe, such as a point of doctrine, the woman said, "That's not logical." No it isn't, that is the point. God's ways are not our ways, ie, not logical. And I sure think that my brain isn't smart enough to understand how God works.