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“Unless the Father draw him!”  Commenting on this in the fifth century, St. Augustine wrote:  “He did not say lead, but draw.  This ‘violence’ is done to the heart, not to the body… Believe and you come:  love and you are drawn.  Do not suppose here any rough and uneasy violence.  It is gentle, it is sweet; it is the sweetness that draws you.  Is not a sheep drawn when fresh grass is shown to it in its hunger?  Yet I imagine that it is not driven bodily on, but bound by desire.  In this way too you come to Christ:  do not imagine long journeyings; in the very place where you believe, there you come.  For to him who is everywhere we come by love, not by sailing.”


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