Interiority and intentionality

(Mind and heart) - INTERIORITY is man: it is the ability to think, to reflect, which distinguishes man from other creatures..
However, interiority is not "withdrawal into oneself", individualism, egoism, but “openness towards others” which we can call INTENTIONALITY (tending towards, opening oneself to the "you" of dialogue).

What does all this mean? That man, returning to himself, discovers that he possesses an explosive force: love. You do not need much reasoning to understand this: are you in love? You will immediately discover the "vehemence" of this feeling that fixes you to a loved one, to become one with him/her. Augustine wrote: "Each person is what he loves”. If you are in love, you will see it for yourself.

The famous text on interiority is to be found in his last work written as a lay person On True Religion (39, 72): “Do not go outside, but return to within yourself; truth dwells in the inner man; and if you find that your nature is changeable, transcend yourself”.

Do not go outside yourself, return to yourself. As if Augustine said to you: where are you going, running, busy in many things, to not even have time for your family?
Return inside yourself, in inner man dwells the truth.

The truth will tell you that you are different from others because you have your own culture, education, you have your traditions. But you are also the same as others: you think, you love like others. All men are people like you, they have their dignity as you have yours. Human dignity is a value for everyone.

You must also make an important consideration: all men are changing, they need support. You cannot stay in balance, you would fall. So, transcend yourself, that is, rise high; do you not feel that your aspirations are boundless: happiness, truth, life? Only in God do they find their peace.

The consequences are important because God expands and widens your horizon. In Confessions, Agostino writes: “I would not be at all, if you were not in me” discover that you are the bearer of the image of the Trinity, in fact, you exist, think and love: it is a trinity, three realities are present, united in the unity of your person. This is the reason why Augustine calls man “capable of God” (capax Dei), capable, that is, of dialoguing with God. Certainly, it is an image, similar to the original (see your reflection in the mirror), but very different and totally dependent, to the extent that if you remove your face from the mirror what do you have in front of you, the image disappears.

The image of God in you, urges you to stay away from distractions and focus on God's truth that constantly illuminates..

Now you know the meaning of the word “interiority”, but you do not know all of this. Reflect, think, you will realise that inside you there is a volcano in constant eruption: it is LOVE. “God is love”; what you feel inside for a girl or a boy, when it is "true love", it is the love of God in the reality of life. God is not an idea, a fantasy, but a life lived together with a You with which you identify.
Augustine, in Confessions, says that love is like the weight, which lies in its natural place. In those days, the law of gravity was not known; physics was based on direct observation of phenomena: a heavy body falls down, a feather flies high, like the flame. What does Augustine mean with the image of the weight? That love abates when it has reached its natural place. You are in love with a girl or a boy, when is it that you feel satisfied? When you have reached the object of your love.

However, Augustine continues, man also has other aspirations: he seeks happiness, truth, life, and wants it all, he is not satisfied with a little. Material possessions, human relationships have a limit and their possession does not depend only on me, on you. Human love is really beautiful, the sublime, but it will have a value and take on consistency only if it is made in relation to God; then it will become eternal.