August Augustine VII

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“Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, and rise from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you.

I tell you again, for your sake Christ has become man. If He had not been born in time, you would have been dead for all eternity.”

(Sermon 185, 1)


Baptismal Day

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Today is my baptismal anniversary.

“Or are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.

For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.”

(Romans 6:3-5, NABre)


August Augustine V

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“Envision the extraordinary brilliance and effects of the light in the sun and moon and stars, in the dark shades of a glade, in the colors and scents of flowers, Then there is the grandeur of the spectacle of the sea as it slips on and off its many colors like robes.

All these are mere consolations for us, not the rewards of the blessed. What can such rewards be like, then, if such things here are so many, so great, and of such quality?”

(City of God 22, 24)


August Augustine IV

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“How do we come to know that we have received the Holy Spirit? We must question our own heart. If we love our neighbor, the Spirit of God dwells in us.

We must put ourselves to the test before God by seeing if there is in us love for peace and unity and love for the Church spread throughout the world.”

(Sermon on John 6, 10)


August Augustine III

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“Jesus said: ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ He meant: It is by Me that you come; it is to Me that you come; and it is in Me that you remain. How do you wish to go? I am the Way. Where do you wish to go? I am the Truth. Where do you wish to remain? I am the Life.

Christ as God is the homeland where we are going. Christ as Man is the Way we must travel.”

(Christian Doctrine 1, 34)


August Augustine II

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“For when we are harassed by poverty, saddened by bereavement, ill, or in pain, let good friends visit us. Let them be persons who no only can rejoice with those who rejoice but can weep with those who weep.

Let them be persons who know how to give useful advice and how to win us to express our own feelings in conversation.”

(Letter 130, 2)