‘Fantastic Ruins with Saint Augustine and the Child’ François de NOME,
about 1593 – after 1630
In a vision Saint Augustine saw a child trying to empty the sea into a hole dug in the sand; when Augustine told him that this was impossible, the child replied that Augustine was engaged on the equally impossible task of explaining the Trinity.
Many have assumed that the child St. Augustine saw in his vision was the Christ Child – Below is a beautiful passage on the Incarnation from a sermon given by St. Augustine:
“He by whom all things were made was made one of all things. The Son of God by the Father without a mother became the Son of man by a mother without a father. The Word Who is God before all time became flesh at the appointed time. The maker of the sun was made under the sun. He Who fills the world lays in a manger, great in the form of God but tiny in the form of a servant; this was in such a way that neither was His greatness diminished by His tininess, nor was His tininess overcome by His greatness.”(St. Augustine, Sermon 187)
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