Let us suppose that each of one us has been given a gift, a soul. This soul is unique to us, and we cannot be parted from it.
We might imagine that soul turning to Time and saying:
“I know Someone mightier than you. You cannot hold me, you cannot change me, I am eternal.”
We might also imagine Time’s response:
“That is true soul, I am not your master, I do not define you. But only through me can you find yourself. You live in me and if you disregard me you diminish yourself and you disrespect your True Master.”
“Quid tam tuum quam tu, quid tam non tuum quam tu” (Augustine) – What is so much yours as yourself, and what is so little yours as yourself? The most individual element in us – the only thing that belongs to us in the last analysis – our own “I” , is at the same time the least individual element of all, for it is precisely our “I” that we have neither from ourselves or for ourselves.
Benedict XVI citing St Augustine