Do you love God? You walk upon the sea, and under your feet is the swelling of the world. Do you love the world? It will swallow you up. It only knows how to devour its lovers, not to carry them. . .
[R]emember to trust in Christ. And
if your foot have slipped; if you totter, if some things there are which you cannot overcome, if you begin to sink, say,
Lord, I perish, save me. Say,
I perish, that you perish not.
-St. Augustine, excerpt from Sermon 26 on the New Testament