There is a very famous quote in French Catholic circles that would be translated as something like:

No, I had not studied the Scriptures, but Jesus looked at me on the cross and, in his gaze, I understood everything!

Most pages in French don't give the reference and the little bit of Latin that I know has not been very helpful in search the complete works of Augustine in Latin. Does anyone have an idea of where this quote might come from? Thanks and God bless!

  • Welcome! I'd love to be able to answer this, but won't have time. So I'll point you to what I've found so far, a quote on catholicism.org: "S. Cyril teaches the same as S. Leo (Cat. Lect. xiii.) saying, “What virtue illuminated thee, 0 thief? Who taught thee to love contempt, and that, when thou wast affixed to the cross? 0 light undying, lighting the darkness!” S. Augustine follows out at length the same idea (Serm. xiii. de Temp.)" Looks like that "Serm. xiii. de Temp." might be the answer – just haven't found the full text yet. – Nathaniel May 23 at 21:40
  • Are you referring to Jean Lafrance's quote in Demeurer en Dieu? – Geremia May 24 at 0:08
  • @Nathaniel That appears to be excerpted from Cornelius à Lapide's commentary on Lk. 23:42, which has more St. Augustine quotes on the following pages (pp. 495 ff.). – Geremia May 24 at 0:32
  • @Geremia Not in particular, no. My professor of Sacred Scripture cites this passage often but has never found the reference and he would like it. I also appears in Le courage d'avoir peur by Fr. Molinié. – daveslab May 25 at 10:09
  • It's quoted on the fourth page of this document ending with "En fait, le texte n’est pas de Saint Augustin" – b a May 29 at 19:10

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