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Saint Augustine
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He who does not have the church as his mother, does not have God as his father. Saint Augustine

Why persist in walking difficult and toilsome paths? There is no repose where you are seeking it. Search as you like, it is not where you are looking. You are seeking a happy life in the realm of death, and it will not be found there. How could life be happy where there is no life at all? Saint Augustine

Doubt is but another element of faith. Saint Augustine

Make friends with angels. Saint Augustine

For so it is, O Lord my God, I measure it! But what it is I measure, I do not know. Saint Augustine

Love God, then do what you will. Saint Augustine

Do not follow any road, but that which Christ trod. This road seems hard, but it is safe. Saint Augustine

Education is the food of youth, the delight of old age, the ornament of prosperity, the refuge and comfort of adversity, and the provocation to grace in the soul. Saint Augustine

Mary heard God's word and kept it, and so she is blessed. She kept God's truth in her mind, a nobler thing than carrying his body in her womb. Saint Augustine

Modo, et modo, non habebent modum. By-and-by has no end. Saint Augustine

Love, and do what thou wilt: whether thou hold thy peace, through love hold thy peace; whether thou cry out, through love cry out; whether thou correct, through love correct; whether thou spare, through love do thou spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good. Saint Augustine

Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a sweet poison, a pleasant sin, which whosoever hath hath not himself; which whosoever doth commit doth not commit sin, but he himself is wholly sin. Saint Augustine

He that loveth little prayeth little; he that loveth much prayeth much. Saint Augustine

Trust not the world, for it never payeth that it promiseth. Saint Augustine

The Gods occupy the loftiest regions, men the lowest, the demons the middle region...They have immortality of body, but passions of the mind in common with men. Saint Augustine

For a sentence is not complete unless each word, once its syllables have been pronounced, gives way to make room for the next...They are set up on the course of their existence, and the faster they climb towards its zenith, the more they hasten towards the point where they exist no more. Saint Augustine

Since God is the highest good, he would not allow any evil to exist in his works unless his omnipotence and goodness were such as to bring good even out of evil. Saint Augustine

A free curiosity is more effective in learning than a rigid discipline. Saint Augustine

We can know what God is not, but we cannot know what He is. Saint Augustine

Virginity is not honored simply because it is virginity, but because it is consecrated of God. Saint Augustine

Moral character is assessed not by what a man knows but by what he loves Saint Augustine

We do not sin when we adore Christ in the Eucharist; we do sin when we do not adore Christ in the Eucharist. Saint Augustine

He who made thee is made in thee. He is made in thee through whom you were made.... Give milk, O mother, to him who is our food; give milk to the bread that comes down from heaven. Saint Augustine

Cyprian was not issuing a new decree but was keeping to the most solid belief of the Church in order to correct some who thought that infants ought not be baptized before the eighth day after their birth. . . . He agreed with certain of his fellow bishops that a child is able to be duly baptized as soon as he is born. Saint Augustine

It is better to be cured in the Church than to be cut off from this Body as incurable ... for, as long as the member is still attached to the Body, his cure is not beyond hope, but when he has been cut off, he can neither be treated nor cured. Saint Augustine

In the Catholic Church, there are many other things which most justly keep me in her bosom. The consent of peoples and nations keeps me in the Church; so does her authority, inaugurated by miracles, nourished by hope, enlarged by love, established by age. The succession of priests keeps me, beginning from the very seat of the Apostle Peter, to whom the Lord, after His resurrection, gave it in charge to feed His sheep (Jn 21:15-19), down to the present episcopate. Saint Augustine

What you see is the bread and the chalice; that is what your own eyes report to you. But what your faith obliges you to accept is that the bread is the body of Christ and the chalice is the blood of Christ. This has been said very briefly, which may perhaps be sufficient for faith; yet faith does not desire instruction Saint Augustine

The entire life of a good Christian is in fact an exercise of holy desire. You do not yet see what you long for, but the very act of desiring prepares you, so that when he comes you may see and be utterly satisfied. Saint Augustine

When, therefore, man lives according to man, not according to God, he is like the devil. Saint Augustine

Who can control this when its appetite is aroused? No one! In the very movement of this appetite, then, it has no "mode" that responds to the decisions of the will ... Yet what he wishes he cannot accomplish ... In the very movement of the appetite, it has no mode corresponding to the decision of the will. Saint Augustine

Give me yourself, O my God, give yourself back to me. Lo, I love you, but if my love is too mean, let me love more passionately. I cannot gauge my love, nor know how far it fails, how much more love I need for my life to set its course straight into your arms, never swerving until hidden in the covert of your face. This alone I know, that without you all to me is misery, woe outside myself and woe within, and all wealth but penury, if it is not my God. Saint Augustine

We speak, but it is God who teaches. Saint Augustine

You called and shouted and burst my deafness. You flashed, shone, and scattered my blindness. You breathed odors, and I drew in breath and panted for You. I tasted, and I hunger and thirst. You touched me, and I burned for Your peace. Saint Augustine

Every infinity... is made finite to God. Saint Augustine

The people who remained victorious were less like conquerors than conquered. Saint Augustine

Whoever, then, thinks that he understands the Holy Scriptures, or any part of them, but puts such an interpretation upon them as does not tend to build up this twofold love of God and our neighbor, does not yet understand them as he ought. Saint Augustine

For in our hope we are saved. Saint Augustine

How can the past and future be, when the past no longer is, and the future is not yet? As for the present, if it were always present and never moved on to become the past, it would not be time, but eternity. Saint Augustine

Idolatry is worshipping anything that ought to be used, or using anything that is meant to be worshipped. Saint Augustine

Where Scripture speaks of the world's creation, it is not plainly said whether or when the angels were created; but if mention is made, it is implicit under the name of "heaven," when it is said, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Saint Augustine

Believe that others are better than you in the debths of their soul, although outwardly you may appear better than they. Saint Augustine

You are what you love. Saint Augustine

If you lose your soul, there is a danger of its being destroyed. Therefore, you may not love it, since you do not want it to be destroyed. But in not wanting it to be destroyed, you love it. Saint Augustine

Do not be afraid to throw yourself on the Lord! He will not draw back and let you fall! Put your worries aside and throw yourself on him; He will welcome you and heal you. Saint Augustine

Whoever possesses God is happy. Saint Augustine

If we are perplexed by an apparent contradiction in Scripture, it is not allowable to say, 'The author of this book is mistaken'; but either the manuscript is faulty, or the translation is wrong, or you have not understood. Saint Augustine

It is salutary for us to learn to hold cheap such things, be they good or evil, as attach indifferently to good men and bad, and to covet those good things which belong only to good men, and flee those evils which belong only to evil men. Saint Augustine

Believe in order to Understand and Understand in order to Believe Saint Augustine

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. He does not want to be holy; he only wants to seem to be holy. He is more concerned with his reputation for righteousness than about actually becoming righteous. The approbation of men matters more to him than the approval of God. Saint Augustine

For what is the self-complacent man but a slave to his own self-praise. Saint Augustine

Disturbers are to be rebuked, the low spirited to be encouraged, the infirm to be supported, objectors confuted, the treacherous guarded against, the unskilled taught, the lazy aroused, the contentious restrained, the haughty repressed, the poor relieved, the oppressed liberated, the good approved, the evil borne with, and all are to be loved! Saint Augustine

Human law cannot punish or forbid all evil, since while doing away with evils it would do away with many good things, which would hinder the advance of the common good. Saint Augustine

Give me chastity and continence, but not just now. Saint Augustine

While the best men are guided by love, most men are still goaded by fear. Saint Augustine

God will cleanse your sins if you yourself are dissatisfied with yourself and will keep on changing until you are perfect. Saint Augustine

To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal. Saint Augustine

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering. Saint Augustine

Thus, in this universal catastrophe, the sufferings of Christians have tended to their moral improvement, because they viewed them with eyes of faith. Saint Augustine

So the Church imitates the Lord's mother - not in the bodily sense, which it could not do - but in mind it is both mother and virgin. In no way, then, did Christ deprive his mother of her virginity by being Saint Augustine

What has the Church done to thee, that thou shouldst wish to decapitate her? Thou wouldst take away her Head, and believe in the Head alone, despising the body. Vain is thy service, and false thy devotion to the Head. For to sever it from the body is an injury to both Head and body. (p. 420). Saint Augustine

On Ps 60:3: To Thee have I cried from the ends of the earth. Saint Augustine

Love and do as you will. Saint Augustine

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future. Saint Augustine

Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop. Saint Augustine

I have said before, and shall say again, that I write this book for love of your love. Saint Augustine

In our own times, you see, an emperor came to the city of Rome, where there's the temple of an emperor, where there's a fisherman's tomb. And so that pious and Christian emperor, wishing to beg for health, for salvation from the Lord, did not proceed to the temple of a proud emperor, but to the tomb of a fisherman, where he could imitate that fisherman in humility, so that he, being thus approached, might then obtain something from the Lord, which a haughty emperor would be quite unable to earn. Saint Augustine

God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination. Saint Augustine

O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet. Saint Augustine

Patience is the companion of wisdom. Saint Augustine

A Christian should be an Alleluia from head to foot Saint Augustine

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