Friday, August 28, 2009

St. Augustine

Augustine, born at Tagaste (Africa) in 354, was the son of St. Monica and of a pagan father, Patricius. His mind was ensnared by errors and his soul and body corrupted by debauchery and impurity. Converted by the prayers of his mother, he became one of the most famous Doctors of the West and a Father of the Church. He died after an episcopate of 36 years at Hippo (Africa) A. D. 430.
The Roman Missal, 1962

A few quotes from St. Augustine, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church:

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.

Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee.

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

The painting is St. Augustine In His Cell by Sandro Botticelli.

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