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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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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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The moral conscience is a truly primitive faculty; it is a particular manner of feeling which corresponds to the goodness of moral actions, as taste is a manner of feeling which corresponds to beauty. Love men, immolate error. Saint Augustine
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Between urine and filth we are born. 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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What is perfection in love? Love your enemies in such a way that you would desire to make them your brothers ... For so did He love, Who hanging on the Cross, said "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34) Saint Augustine
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Give what you command, and command what you will. You impose continency on us. Saint Augustine
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We make a ladder of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot. Saint Augustine
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Anger is a weed; hate is the tree. Saint Augustine
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When the apostle James was talking about faith and works against those who thought their faith was enough, and didn't want to have good works, he said, You believe God is one; you do well; the demons also believe, and tremble. Saint Augustine
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When the Head and members are despised, then the whole Christ is despised, for the whole Christ, Head and body, is that just man against whom deceitful lips speak iniquity (Ps. 30:19). (p. 425). Saint Augustine
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Let those who think I have said too little and those who think I have said too much, forgive me; and let those who think I have said just enough thank God with me. Saint Augustine
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He cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother. Saint Augustine
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Is any man skillful enough to have fashioned himself? 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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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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It is human to err, but it is devilish to remain willfully in error. 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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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 Holy Scriptures are our letters from home. 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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When I come to be united to thee with all my being, then there will be no more pain and toil for me, and my life shall be a real life, being wholly filled by thee. Saint Augustine
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So you see how endlessly futile and fruitless it would be if we wanted to refute their objections every time they obstinately resolved not to think through what they say but merely to speak, just so long as they contradict our arguments in any way they can. 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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God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand. If you understand you have failed. Saint Augustine
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Moreover, from the time when He said, 'Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven;' and again, 'He that loseth his life for my sake shall find it; ' no one becomes a member of Christ except it be either by baptism in Christ, or death for Christ. Saint Augustine
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For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them. Saint Augustine
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Our life is a gymnasium of desire.... When Christians say "God," what do we wish to express? This word is all that we yearn for." Saint Augustine
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O Sacrament of Love! O sign of Unity! O bond of Charity! He who would have Life finds here indeed a Life to live in and a Life to live by. Saint Augustine
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War should we waged without love of violence, cruelty, or enmity. 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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Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence. 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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I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden. Saint Augustine
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He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king. Saint Augustine
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The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences. Saint Augustine
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To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it. Saint Augustine
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Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is? Saint Augustine
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Hear the other side. Saint Augustine
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To seek the highest good is to live well. 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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Love can be angry... with a kind of anger in which there is no gall, like the dove's and not the ravens. 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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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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