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Saint Augustine
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Heretics think false things about God and call it their faith. Saint Augustine
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The law detects, grace alone conquers sin. Saint Augustine
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It is this one Spirit who makes it possible for an infant to be regenerated . . . when that infant is brought to baptism; and it is through this one Spirit that the infant so presented is reborn. For it is not written, 'Unless a man be born again by the will of his parents' or 'by the faith of those presenting him or ministering to him,' but, 'Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit.' The water, therefore, manifesting exteriorly the sacrament of grace, and the Spirit effecting interiorly the benefit of grace, both regenerate in one Christ that man who was generated in Adam. Saint Augustine
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Women should not be enlightened or educated in any way. They should, in fact, be segregated as they are the cause of hideous and involuntary erections in holy men. Saint Augustine
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It is indeed better (as no one ever could deny) that men should be led to worship God by teaching, than that they should be driven to it by fear of punishment or pain; but it does not follow that because the former course produces the better men, therefore those who do not yield to it should be neglected. For many have found advantage (as we have proved, and are daily proving by actual experiment), in being first compelled by fear or pain, so that they might afterwards be influenced by teaching, or might follow out in act what they had already learned in word. Saint Augustine
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If But for the Mercy of my Lord, that my paradise becomes a woman's hell. Saint Augustine
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The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home. Saint Augustine
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God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined. Saint Augustine
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Cantare amantis est ... Singing belongs to one who loves." (s. 336, 1 - PL 38, 1472). Saint Augustine
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And how shall I call upon my God, my God and Lord, since, when I call for Him, I shall be calling Him to myself? and what room is there within me, whither my God can come into me? whither can God come into me, God who made heaven and earth? is there, indeed, O Lord my God, aught in me that can contain thee? Saint Augustine
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Hear, O God. Alas, for man's sin! So saith man, and Thou pitiest him; for Thou madest him, but sin is in him Thou madest not. Who remindeth me of the sins of my infancy? for in Thy sight none is pure from sin, not even the infant whose life is but a day upon the earth. Saint Augustine
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If the future and the past really exist, where are they? Saint Augustine
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O that men would know themselves to be men; and that he that glorieth would glory in the Lord. Saint Augustine
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Thou awakest us to delight in Thy praise; for Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless until it repose in Thee. Saint Augustine
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Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. Saint Augustine
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Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act. Saint Augustine
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Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty. Saint Augustine
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Charity is no substitute for justice withheld. Saint Augustine
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If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning, it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know it what does the formula teach me? Saint Augustine
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The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer. Saint Augustine
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If you are pleased with what you are, you have stopped already. If you say, "It is enough," you are lost. Keep on walking, moving forward, trying for the goal. Saint Augustine
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The fruits of charity are joy, peace, and mercy; charity demands beneficence and fraternal correction; it is benevolence; it fosters reciprocity and remains disinterested and generous; it is friendship and communion: Love is itself the fulfillment of all our works. There is the goal; that is why we run: we run toward it, and once we reach it, in it we shall find rest. Saint Augustine
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I thought that continence was a matter of our own strength, and I knew that I had not the strength: for in my utter foolishness I did not know the word of Your Scripture that none can be continent unless You give it. Saint Augustine
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Do not say that you have chaste minds if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart. Saint Augustine
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And yet I do love a kind of light, melody, fragrance, food, embracement when I love my God; for He is the light, the melody, the fragrance, the food, the embracement of my inner self - there where is a brillance that space cannot contain, a sound that time cannot carry away, a perfume that no breeze disperses, a taste undimisnished by eating, a clinging together that no saiety will sunder. This is what I love when I love my God. Saint Augustine
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I am convinced that in all history there has never been a greater need to Pray for our Pastors than exists right now! Pastors are experiencing an unprecedented wave of attacks, stresses, challenges. obstacles. pressures. Saint Augustine
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We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress.We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. Saint Augustine
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Try to acquire the virtues you believe lacking in your brothers. Then you will no longer see their defects, for you will no longer have them yourself. Saint Augustine
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Why is it that man desires to be made sad, beholding doleful and tragical things, which yet himself would by no means suffer? Saint Augustine
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The most venerable, clearly understood, enlightened, and reliable constant in the world is not only that we want to be happy, but that we want only to be so. Our very nature requires it of us. Saint Augustine
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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... Now, let us acknowledge the wonder of our physical incarnation- that we are here, in these particular bodies, at this particular time, in these particular circumstances. May we never take for granted the gift of our individuality. Saint Augustine
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You are surprised that the world is losing its grip? That the world is grown old? Don't hold onto the old man, the world; don't refuse to regain your youth in Christ, who says to you: 'The world is passing away; the world is losing its grip; the world is short of breath. Don't fear, your youth shall be renewed as an eagle.' Saint Augustine
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Really great things, when discussed by little men, can usually make such men grow big. Saint Augustine
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God bids you not to commit lechery, that is, not to have sex with any woman except your wife. You ask of her that she should not have sex with anyone except you - yet you are not willing to observe the same restraint in return. Saint Augustine
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Too late came I to love you, O Beauty both so ancient and so new! Too late came I to love you - and behold you were with me all the time . . . Saint Augustine
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What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor. Saint Augustine
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When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the other's flame. Saint Augustine
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It was not the visible sun, but its invisible Creator who consecrated this day for us, when the Virgin Mother, fertile of womb and integral in her virginity, brought him forth, made visible for us, by whom, when he was invisible, she too was created. A Virgin conceiving, a Virgin bearing, a Virgin pregnant, a Virgin bringing forth, a Virgin perpetual. Why do you wonder at this, O man? Saint Augustine
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To dye oneself with paints in order to have a rosier or a paler complexion is a lying counterfeit. Saint Augustine
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In all trouble you should seek God. You should not set Him over against your troubles, but within them. God can only relieve your troubles if you in your anxiety cling to Him. Trouble should not really be thought of as this thing or that in particular, for our whole life on earth involves trouble; and through the troubles of our earthly pilgrimage we find God. Saint Augustine
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If bodies please thee, praise God on occasion of them, and turn back thy love upon their Maker; lest in these things which please thee, thou displease. If souls please thee, be they loved in God: for they too are mutable, but in Him they are firmly established. Saint Augustine
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God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves. Saint Augustine
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Where I found truth, there found I my God, who is the truth itself. Saint Augustine
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You are my Lord, because You have no need of my goodness. Saint Augustine
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He who thinks he lives without sin puts aside not sin, but pardon. Saint Augustine
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It is not in virtue of its liberty that the human will attains to grace, it is much rather by grace that it attains to liberty. Saint Augustine
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Love and say it with your life. Saint Augustine
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Give what You command and command what You will. Saint Augustine
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The way to Christ is first through humility, second through humility, and third through humility. If humility does not precede and accompany and follow every good work we do, if it is not before us to focus on, it it is not beside us to lean upon, if it is not behind us to fence us in, pride will wrench from our hand any good deed we do at the very moment we do it. Saint Augustine
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Lord Jesus, don't let me lie when I say that I love you.....and protect me, for today I could betray you. Saint Augustine
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Someone who knows enough to become the owner of a tree, and gives thanks to you for the benefits it brings him, is in a better state, even if ignorant of its height in feet and the extent of its spread, than another who measures and counts all its branches but neither owns it nor knows its creator nor loves him. Saint Augustine
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How high a price we pay for the burden of habit! I am fitted for life here where I do not want to be, I want to live there but am unfit for it, and on both counts I am miserable. Saint Augustine
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Our whole business in this Life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen. Saint Augustine
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All truth and understanding is a result of a divine light which is God Himself. Saint Augustine
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Unjust laws aren't laws at all. Saint Augustine
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Whoever is still seeking for miracles so that he may believe is himself a wonder, who does not believe while the world around him does. Saint Augustine
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The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave, and not the slave of a single man, but- what is worse- the slave of as many masters as he has vices. Saint Augustine
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To seek the greatest good is to live well, and to live well is nothing other than to love God with the whole heart, the whole soul, and the whole mind: It is therefore obvious that this love must be kept whole and uncorrupt, that is temperance; it should not be overcome with difficulties, that is fortitude, it must not be subservient to anything else, that is justice; it must discriminate among things so as not to be deceived by falsity or fraud, that is prudence. Saint Augustine
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It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. Saint Augustine
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They who shall enter into [the] joy [of the Lord] shall know what is going on outside in the outer darkness. . .The saints'. . . knowledge, which shall be great, shall keep them acquainted. . .with the eternal sufferings of the lost. Saint Augustine
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Now, may our God be our hope. He Who made all things is better than all things. He Who made all beautiful things is more beautiful than all of them. He Who made all mighty things is more mighty than all of them. He Who made all great things is greater than all of them. Learn to love the Creator in His creature, and the maker in what He has made. Saint Augustine
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The reward of patience Is patience. Saint Augustine
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God Almighty would in no way permit evil in His works were He not so omnipotent and good that even out of evil He could work good. Saint Augustine
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If faith fails, prayer perishes. Saint Augustine
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Salvation is God's way of making us real people. Saint Augustine
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I inquired what wickedness is, and I didn't find a substance, but a perversity of will twisted away from the highest substance - You, O God - towards inferior things, rejecting its own inner life and swelling with external matters. Saint Augustine
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The greatest kindness one can render to any man is leading him to truth. Saint Augustine
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A marriage without children is the world without the sun. Saint Augustine
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If by fate anyone means the will or power of God, let him keep his meaning but mend his language; for fate commonly means a necessary process which will have its way apart from the will of God and men. Saint Augustine
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I read there that God the Word was born not of flesh nor of blood, nor of the will of man, nor the will of the flesh, but of God. But, that the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us - I found this nowhere there. Saint Augustine
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