God loves us, such as we shall be, not such as we [now] are.

Augustine of Hippo, On the Trinity

While St. Augustine’s psychological theories often focused upon the selfishness and corruption of the human psyche after The Fall, he was also sensitive to the glory and sacrality of human existence. Original Sin had profoundly ruptured the integrity of human nature. It had obscured the reality of being created in God’s image, but it had not entirely dissolved that reality. The human mind was still imprinted with "traces of divinity," mental formations which mirrored the tripartite nature of the Trinity. Although the mirror had become clouded, humanity remained a reflection of its divine Creator. In Christ, the bridge between true image and reflection had been solidly established. The impeccable nature of divinity had entered into communion with fragile humanity. As the link between God and creation, Jesus was the model of what human nature had once been - and what we should strive to become again.
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