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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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To withhold forgiveness is to take poison and expect the unforgiven to die. Saint Augustine
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Therefore once for all this short command is given to you. 'Love and do what you will.' If you keep silent, keep silent by love; if you speak, speak by love; if you correct, correct by love; if you pardon, pardon by love: let love be rooted in you, and from the root nothing but good can grow. Saint Augustine
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Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee. Saint Augustine
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God's love is unconditional. Be sure that yours is too! Saint Augustine
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The cost of obedience is small compared with the cost of disobedience. Saint Augustine
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Except he be willing, man cannot believe. Saint Augustine
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That one woman is both mother and virgin, not in spirit only but even in body. In spirit she is mother, not of our head, who is our Savior himself-of whom all, even she herself, are rightly called children of the bridegroom-but plainly she is the mother of us who are his members, because by love she has cooperated so that the faithful, who are the members of that head, might be born in the Church. In body, indeed, she is the Mother of that very head. Saint Augustine
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I acknowledge Thee, Lord of heaven and earth, and praise Thee for my first rudiments of being, and my infancy, whereof I remember nothing; for Thou hast appointed that man should from others guess much as to himself; and believe much on the strength of weak females. Saint Augustine
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Don't hold yourselves cheap, seeing that the creator of all things and of you estimates your value so high, so dear, that he pours out for you every day the most precious blood of his only-begotten Son. 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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And there, in Abraham's bosom, whatever it be which that bosom signifies, lives my sweet friend. For what other place is there for such a soul? 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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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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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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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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Hence, a devout Christian must avoid astrologers and all impious soothsayers, especially when they tell the truth, for fear of leading his soul into error by consorting with demons and entangling himself with the bonds of such association. Saint Augustine
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Rome has spoken; the case is concluded. Saint Augustine
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He who sings prays twice. 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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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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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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A report has come back. The proceeding is ended. Saint Augustine
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Indifferent acts are judged by their ends; sins are judged by themselves. Saint Augustine
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Temperance is a disposition that restrains our desires for things which it is base to desire. Saint Augustine
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Be always displeased at what thou art, if thou desirest to attain to what thou art not. 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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God gives where he finds empty hands. Saint Augustine
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God's faithful servant has no desire for people to say or to give to him, or what he likes to hear or see, for his first and greatest aim is to hear what is most pleasing to God. Saint Augustine
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I held my heart back from positively accepting anything, since I was afraid of another fall, and in this condition of suspense I was being all the more killed. Saint Augustine
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Indifferent acts are judged by their ends sins are judged by themselves. Saint Augustine
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Nothing whatever pertaining to godliness and real holiness can be accomplished without grace . Saint Augustine
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The entire most beautiful order of things that are very good, when their measures have been accomplished, is to pass away. Saint Augustine
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Woman was merely man's helpmate, a function which pertains to her alone. She is not the image of God but as far as man is concerned, he is by himself the image of God. Saint Augustine
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The wicked exist in this world either to be converted or that through them the good may exercise patience. Saint Augustine
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We must understand then, that even though God doesn't always give us what we want, He always gives us what we need for our salvation. Saint Augustine
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You say to me 'Show me your God.' I answer you, 'Everything you see in your heart that might sadden God, remove.' Saint Augustine
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I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so. Saint Augustine
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As to those other things which we hold on the authority, not of Scripture, but of tradition, and which are observed throughout the whole world, it may be understood that they are held as approved and instituted either by the apostles themselves, or by plenary Councils, whose authority in the Church is most useful, e.g. the annual commemoration, by special solemnities, of the Lord's passion, resurrection, and ascension, and of the descent of the Holy Spirit from heaven, and whatever else is in like manner observed by the whole Church wherever it has been established. Saint Augustine
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Such then in number and importance are the precious ties belonging to the Christian name which keep a believer in the Catholic Church, as it is right they should ... With you, where there is none of these things to attract or keep me... No one shall move me from the faith which binds my mind with ties so many and so strong to the Christian religion... For my part, I should not believe the gospel except as moved by the authority of the Catholic Church. Saint Augustine
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God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them. Saint Augustine
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My love is my weight. Because of it, I move. Saint Augustine
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If they find a Christian mistaken in a field which they themselves know well and hear him maintaining his foolish opinions about our books, how are they going to believe those books in matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven... Saint Augustine
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Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. Saint Augustine
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What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels. Saint Augustine
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It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr. Saint Augustine
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To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. Saint Augustine
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Love is the beauty of the soul. Saint Augustine
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Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. Saint Augustine
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Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee. Saint Augustine
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Fill yourselves first and then only will you be able to give to others. Saint Augustine
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The Heavenly City outshines Rome beyond comparison. There, instead of victory, is truth; instead of high rank, holiness; instead of peace, felicity; instead of life, eternity, Saint Augustine
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Slavery is not penal in character and planned by that law which commands the preservation of the natural order and forbids disturbance. Saint Augustine
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The peace of the celestial city is the perfectly ordered and harmonious enjoyment of God, and of one another in God. (City of God, Book 19) Saint Augustine
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A very weighty argument is this namely, that neither does the light which descends from thence, chiefly upon the world , mix itself with anything, nor admit of dirtiness or pollution, but remains entirely, and in all things that are, free from defilement, admixture, and suffering. Saint Augustine
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It is not by change of place that we can come nearer to Him who is in every place, but by the cultivation of pure desires and virtuous habits. Saint Augustine
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I too have sworn heedlessly and all the time, I have had this most repulsive and death-dealing habit. I'm telling your graces; from the moment I began to serve God , and saw what evil there is in forswearing oneself, I grew very afraid indeed, and out of fear I applied the brakes to this old, old, habit. Saint Augustine
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So if you can manage it, you shouldn't touch your partner, except for the sake of having children. Saint Augustine
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