“You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run.” St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
Try as they may to savour the taste of eternity, their thoughts still twist and turn upon the ebb and flow of things in past and future time. But if only their minds could be seized and held steady, they would be still for a while and, for that short moment, they would glimpse the splendour of eternity which is for ever still. http://korolev.msk.ru/books/dc/Agustine_confessions8740.txt
Dear "Catholic" parents: please make Confession a regular part of your spiritual and family life. Ticking all the "right Catholic boxes" means nothing when parents lack self-awareness and integrity (and worse: scapegoat their own children). Truly practicing Catholics go to Confession: because they know that we're all sinners who don't know how to love, and who need to learn from Love, Himself.
St Augustine of Africa of 4th century. Had a son with his girlfriend, lived together for years. His mother St. Monica prayed. Then he met St Ambrose. He became a celibate priest then bishop. He is now a Doctor of the Church. Some of his works include the books "City of God" and "Confessions of Augustine".