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Saint Augustine
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The rich are like beasts of burden, carrying treasure all day, and at the night of death unladen; they carry to their grave only the bruises and marks of their toil. Saint Augustine
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The Head and the body are Christ wholly and entirely. The Head is the only begotten Son of God, the body is His Church; the bridegroom and the bride, two in one flesh. All who dissent from the Scriptures concerning Christ, although they may be found in all places in which the Church is found, are not in the Church; and again all those who agree with the Scriptures concerning the Head, and do not communicate in the unity of the Church, are not in the Church Saint Augustine
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It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed. Saint Augustine
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Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo (Give me chastity and continence, but not just yet)! Saint Augustine
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Narrow is the mansion of my soul; enlarge Thou it, that Thou mayest enter in. It is ruinous; repair Thou it. It has that within which must offend Thine eyes; I confess and know it. But who shall cleanse it? or to whom should I cry, save Thee? Lord, cleanse me from my secret faults, and spare Thy servant from the power of the enemy. I believe, and therefore do I speak. Saint Augustine
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The Bible was composed in such a way that as beginners mature, its meaning grows with them. Saint Augustine
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Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient and ever new! Late have I loved you! And, behold, you were within me, and I out of myself, and there I searched for you. Saint Augustine
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All the dancer's gestures are signs of things, and the dance called rational, because it aptly signifies and displays something over and above the pleasure of the senses. Saint Augustine
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In order to discover the character of people we have only to observe what they love. Saint Augustine
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Consequently, heretics and schismatics, separated from the unity of this Body, are able to receive the same Sacrament, but with no benefit to themselves; indeed, more to their own harm, in that they are judged the more severely rather than being liberated. Saint Augustine
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The same divine authority that forbids the killing of a human being establishes certain exceptions, as when God authorizes killing by a general law or when He gives an explicit commission to an individual for a limited time. Saint Augustine
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Thus the good christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make false prophecies, however much they may in fact speak the truth; lest, being in league with the devil, they may deceive errant souls into making common cause. Saint Augustine
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Nothing so casts down the manly mind from it's height as the fondling of women and those bodily contacts which belong to the married state. Saint Augustine
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God is not a deceiver, that He should offer to support us, and then, when we lean upon Him, should slip away from us. Saint Augustine
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Though he avoided outright endorsement of the view, fifth-century Church Father Saint Augustine was clearly familiar with the theory of the spherical earth: "They [those who believe that "there are men on the other side of the earth"] fail to observe that even if the world is held to be global or rounded in shape, or if some process of reasoning should prove this to be the case, it would still not necessarily follow that the land on the opposite side is not covered by masses of water." Saint Augustine
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You cannot attain to charity except through humility. Saint Augustine
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By and by never comes. Saint Augustine
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On the altar you are looking at the same thing as you saw there last night. You have not heard, however, what this is, what it signifies, or about the greatness of the reality of which it is a sacrament. Your eyes are looking at bread and cup. This is the evidence before your physical sight. But your faith must be instructed concerning it- this bread being Christ 's Body and the cup containing His Blood. Though perhaps these words may be enough to initiate faith, faith must be further instructed in accordance with the Prophet's words: 'Believe that you may understand' Saint Augustine
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Your first task is to be dissatisfied with yourself, fight sin, and transform yourself into something better. Your second task is to put up with the trials and temptations of this world that will be brought on by the change in your life and to persevere to the very end in the midst of these things. Saint Augustine
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No man has a right to lead such a life of contemplation as to forget in his own ease the service due to his neighbor. Saint Augustine
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In the Mass the blood of Christ flows anew for sinners. Saint Augustine
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No one can begin a new life, unless he repent of the old. Saint Augustine
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Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. Saint Augustine
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Oh, God, to know you is life. To serve You is freedom. To praise you is the soul's joy and delight. Guard me with the power of Your grace here and in all places. Now and at all times, forever. Amen. Saint Augustine
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Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again. Saint Augustine
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If we did not have rational souls, we would not be able to believe. Saint Augustine
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The same thing which is now called Christian religion existed among the ancients. They have begun to call 'Christian' the true religion which existed before. Saint Augustine
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The verdict of the world is conclusive. Saint Augustine
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So the Church too, like Mary, enjoys perpetual virginity and uncorrupted fecundity. Saint Augustine
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The arrogance is not greatness but swelling; and the swelling seems big but it's not healthy. Saint Augustine
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When God is our strength, it is strength indeed; when our strength is our own, it is only weakness. Saint Augustine
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Be always displeased with what you are if you wish to be what you are not. Always add, always walk, always proceed. Neither stand still nor go back nor deviate. Saint Augustine
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What am I then, my God? What is my nature? A life varied, multifaceted and truly immense. Saint Augustine
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He who devoutly hears holy Mass will receive a great vigor to enable him to resist mortal sin, and there shall be pardoned to him all venial sins which he may have committed up to that hour. Saint Augustine
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Our heart is restless until it rests in You. Saint Augustine
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Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one's flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself. Saint Augustine
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Quid est ergo tempus? Si nemo ex me quaerat, scio; si quaerenti explicare velim, nescio. What, then, is time? I know well enough what it is, provided that nobodyasksme; but if Iamasked what it is and try to explain, I am baffled. Saint Augustine
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Nothing so clearly distinguishes a spiritual man as his treatment of an erring brother. Saint Augustine
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Cursed is everyone who places his hope in changing the nature of man Saint Augustine
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My weight is my love. Saint Augustine
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Symbols are powerful because they are the visible signs of invisible realities. Saint Augustine
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For it is better to suffer a little want than to have too much. Saint Augustine
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We judge all things according to the divine truth. Saint Augustine
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As the soul is the life of the body, so God is the life of the soul. As therefore the body perishes when the soul leaves it, so the soul dies when God departs from it. Saint Augustine
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Alternate translation: Come brethren, if you have a mind to be ingrafted in the vine, It is a pity to see you lopped off in this manner From the stock. Reckon up the prelates in the very see of Peter; And in that order of fathers see which has succeeded which. This is the rock over which the proud gates of hell prevail not. Saint Augustine
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Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him. Saint Augustine
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He loves Thee too little, who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves not for Thy sake. Saint Augustine
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The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder. Saint Augustine
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Beauty grows in you to the extent that love grows, because charity itself is the soul's beauty. Saint Augustine
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Men go forth to wonder at the height of mountains, the huge waves of the sea, the broad flow of the ocean, the course of the stars-and forget to wonder at themselves. Beware of despairing about yourself: you are commanded to put your trust in God, and not in yourself. Saint Augustine
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Men go forth to marvel at the height of mountains, and the huge waves of the sea, the broad flow of the rivers, the vastness of the ocean, the orbits of the stars, and yet they neglect to marvel at themselves. Variant: Men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty billows of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, and pass themselves by. Saint Augustine
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Poetry is devil's wine. Saint Augustine
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One generation and another generation; the generation by which we are made the faithful, and are born again by baptism; the generation by which we shall rise again from the dead, and shall live with the Angels for ever. Saint Augustine
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Although among heretics and schismatics there is the same Baptism, nevertheless, the remission of sins is not operative among them because of the very rottenness of discord and wickedness of dissension ... Baptism was in them, but it did not profit them outside the Church ... Outside the Church, Baptism works death because of discord. Saint Augustine
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O Master, make me chaste, but not yet! Saint Augustine
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What is held by the whole Church, and that not as instituted by Councils, but as a matter of invariable custom, is rightly held to have been handed down by authority. Saint Augustine
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The customs of God's people and the institutions of our ancestors are to be considered as laws. And those who throw contempt on the customs of the Church ought to be punished as those who disobey the law of God. Saint Augustine
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If you are silent, be silent out of love. If you speak, speak out of love. Saint Augustine
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Love, and He will draw near; love, and He will dwell within you. Saint Augustine
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Though in the order of nature angels rank above men, yet, by scale of justice, good men are of greater value than bad angels. Saint Augustine
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Then assuredly the world was made, not in time, but simultaneously with time. Saint Augustine
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There is no health in those who are displeased by an element in Your creation, just as there was none in me when I was displeased by many things You had made. Because my soul didn't dare to say that my God displeased me, it refused to attribute to You whatever was displeasing. Saint Augustine
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It is not the being seen of men that is wrong, but doing these things for the purpose of being seen of men. The problem with the hypocrite is his motivation. Saint Augustine
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AugustineThe wounds of a friend are better than the kisses of an enemy. To love with sternness is better than to deceive with gentleness.... In Luke [14:23] it is written: "Compel people to come in!" By threats of the wrath of God, the Father draws souls to his Son. Saint Augustine
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As to the fable that there are Antipodes, that is to say, men on the opposite side of the earth where the sun rises when it sets to us, men who walk with their feet opposite ours, that is on no ground credible. Even if some unknown landmass is there, and not just ocean, there was only one pair of original ancestors, and it is inconceivable that such distant regions should have been peopled by Adam's descendants. Saint Augustine
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Nothing is so much to be shunned as sex relations. Saint Augustine
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It is not with respect to our convenience or discomfort, but with respect to their own nature that the creatures are glorifying to their Artificer. Saint Augustine
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All plenty which is not my God is poverty to me. Saint Augustine
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Feast of Willibrord of York, Archbishop of Utrecht, Apostle of Frisia, 739 Other sins find their vent in the accomplishment of evil deeds, whereas pride lies in wait for good deeds, to destroy them. Saint Augustine
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When we read a book, our most essential trait - imagination - is given the opportunity to soar. Saint Augustine
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