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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

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

You cannot attain to charity except through humility. Saint Augustine

By and by never comes. Saint Augustine

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

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

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

In the Mass the blood of Christ flows anew for sinners. Saint Augustine

No one can begin a new life, unless he repent of the old. Saint Augustine

The Bible was composed in such a way that as beginners mature, its meaning grows with them. Saint Augustine

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

What am I then, my God? What is my nature? A life varied, multifaceted and truly immense. Saint Augustine

Nothing so clearly distinguishes a spiritual man as his treatment of an erring brother. Saint Augustine

Cursed is everyone who places his hope in changing the nature of man Saint Augustine

My weight is my love. Saint Augustine

Symbols are powerful because they are the visible signs of invisible realities. Saint Augustine

For it is better to suffer a little want than to have too much. Saint Augustine

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

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

Our heart is restless until it rests in You. Saint Augustine

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

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

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

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

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

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

The arrogance is not greatness but swelling; and the swelling seems big but it's not healthy. Saint Augustine

When God is our strength, it is strength indeed; when our strength is our own, it is only weakness. Saint Augustine

We judge all things according to the divine truth. Saint Augustine

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

So the Church too, like Mary, enjoys perpetual virginity and uncorrupted fecundity. Saint Augustine

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

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

It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed. Saint Augustine

Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo (Give me chastity and continence, but not just yet)! Saint Augustine

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

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

In order to discover the character of people we have only to observe what they love. Saint Augustine

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

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

If we did not have rational souls, we would not be able to believe. Saint Augustine

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

The verdict of the world is conclusive. Saint Augustine

Beauty grows in you to the extent that love grows, because charity itself is the soul's beauty. Saint Augustine

No one reaches the kingdom of Heaven except by humility Saint Augustine

Do what you can and pray for what you cannot yet do. Saint Augustine

What can be more excellent than prayer; what is more profitable to our life; what sweeter to our souls; what more sublime, in the course of our whole life, than the practice of prayer! Saint Augustine

The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page. Saint Augustine

Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: 'This is My Body.' No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it. Saint Augustine

Grace alone brings about every good work in us. Saint Augustine

Understanding is the reward of faith. Saint Augustine

The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder. Saint Augustine

The measure of charity may be taken from the want of desires. As desires diminish in the soul, charity increases in it; and when it no longer feels any desire, then it possesses perfect charity. Saint Augustine

There is no remedy so powerful against the heat of concupiscence as the remembrance of our Savior's Passion. In all my difficulties I never found anything so efficacious as the wounds of Christ: In them I sleep secure; from them I derive new life. Saint Augustine

Thy word remaineth for ever, which word now appeareth unto us in the riddle of the clouds, and through the mirror of the heavens, not as it is: because that even we, though the well beloved of thy Son, yet it hath not yet appeared what we shall be. He looked through the lattice of our flesh and he spake us fair, yea, he set us on fire, and we hasten on his scent. But when he shall appear, then shall we be like him, for we shall see him as he is: as he is, Lord, will our sight be, though the time be not yet. Saint Augustine

Two loves have made two different cities: self-love hath made a terrestrial city, which rises in contempt of God; and Divine Love hath made a celestial one, which rises in contempt of self. The former glories in itself - the latter in God. Saint Augustine

Teach correctly... Find delight in contemplation. Saint Augustine

I entered (into my inward self) and beheld with the eye of my soul...the Light Unchangeable. Saint Augustine

Your wisdom should be without pride. Saint Augustine

The diversity of language alienates man from man Saint Augustine

For I wondered that others, subject to death, did live, since he whom I loved, as if he should never die, was dead; and I wondered yet more that myself, who was to him a second self, could live, he being dead. Well said one of his friend, "Thou half of my soul"; for I felt that my soul and his soul were "one soul in two bodies": and therefore was my life a horror to me, because I would not live halved. And therefore perchance I feared to die, lest he whom I had much loved should die wholly. Saint Augustine

In the house of God there is never ending festival; the angel choir makes eternal holiday; the presence of God's face gives joy that never fails. Saint Augustine

They - the hazers - were rightly called Overturners, since they had themselves been first overturned and perverted, tricked by those same devils who were secretly mocking them in the very acts by which they amused themselves in mocking and making fools of others. Saint Augustine

By their patience and perseverance God's children are truly known from hypocrites and dissemblers. Saint Augustine

Where is the thief who cannot find bad when he hunts for it? Saint Augustine

Suppress prostitution, and capricious lusts will overthrow society. Saint Augustine

When regard for truth has been broken down or even slightly weakened, all things will remain doubtful. Saint Augustine

He loves Thee too little, who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves not for Thy sake. Saint Augustine

Poltinus the Platonist proves by means of the blossoms and leaves that from the Supreme God, whose beauty is invisible and ineffable, Providence reaches down to the things of earth here below. He points out that these frail and mortal objects could not be endowed with a beauty so immaculate and so exquisitely wrought, did they not issue from the Divinity which endlessly prevades with its invisible and unchanging beauty all things. Saint Augustine

He who commends the nature of the soul as the supreme good, and condemns the nature of the flesh as evil, at once both carnally desires the soul, and carnally flies the flesh, because he feels thus from human vanity, not from divine truth. Saint Augustine

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