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St. Augustine once admitted in his “Confessions” that “I had no love for reading books and hated being forced to study them. Yet pressure was put on me and was good for me. It was not of my own inclination that I did well, for I learnt nothing unless compelled.”

O how true! Reading theology was once a torture for me years ago as I was compelled to study them; and indeed if I had not been compelled, I would have learned nothing.” What was once a torture had laid a foundation for me, and now I enjoy reading theology and appreciate it.

聖奧古斯丁在祂的『懺悔錄』中曾經這麼說過,『我不喜愛唸書,並且恨惡被逼去讀他們。但是壓力在我身上,但這是好的。其實並非是因我的本性讓我讀書讀得好,因為如果我不是被逼去學我可能什麼都學不到』。

這句話我深深共鳴。對我而言多年前有學業的壓力被逼念神學是多麼的煎熬;但真是如此,如果我沒有被逼,我恐怕真的學不到什麼東西。當年的痛苦煎熬卻為我打下了根基,使得我現在喜愛並享受讀神學書籍。

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