"What else is that cross of ours which the Lord commands us to carry if not the mortality of our flesh? It is a source of distress to us until death is swallowed up in victory. Therefore, it is precisely this cross that we must crucify and pierce with the nails of the fear of God."
-- Letter 243, 11
Prayer. Are there any persons, Lord, who do not at times let themselves go beyond the strict limits of necessity? I am not one of them, for I am a sinner.
-- Confessions 10, 31