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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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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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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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Was it for my good that the rein was laid loose, as it were, upon me, for me to sin? or was it not laid loose? If not, why does it still echo in our ears on all sides, "Let him alone, let him do as he will, for he is not yet baptized?" but as to bodily health, no one says, "Let him be worse wounded, for he is not yet healed." How much better then, had I been at once healed; and then, by my friends' diligence and my own, my soul's recovered health had been kept safe in Thy keeping who gavest it. 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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I did not find you outside, O Lord, because I made the mistake of seeking outside you who were within 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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Any woman who does not give birth to as many children as she is capable is guilty of murder. Saint Augustine
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War should we waged without love of violence, cruelty, or enmity. Saint Augustine
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Beauty is the brilliance of truth. Saint Augustine
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Without the Spirit we can neither love God nor keep His commandments. 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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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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A report has come back. The proceeding is ended. 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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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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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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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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Love all men, even your enemies; love them, not because they are your brothers, but that they may become your brothers. Thus you will ever burn with fraternal love, both for him who is already your brother and for your enemy, that he may by loving become your brother. Saint Augustine
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The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell. Saint Augustine
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Lord, who art always the same, give that I know myself, give that I know Thee. Saint Augustine
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He who is filled with love is filled with God himself. Saint Augustine
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Sin is believing the lie that you are self-created, self-dependent and self-sustained. Saint Augustine
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I make bold to say that it is profitable for the proud to fall, in order that they may be humbled in that for which they have exalted themselves. Saint Augustine
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He that loveth little prayeth little, he that loveth much prayeth much. Saint Augustine
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You aspire to great things? Begin with the little ones. 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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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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Venerate the martyrs, praise, love, proclaim, honor them. But worship the God of the martyrs. 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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Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence. Saint Augustine
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Ex Malo Bounum (good out of evil). Saint Augustine
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The mind commands the body and is instantly obeyed. The mind commands itself and meets resistance. The mind commands the hand to move, and it so easy that one hardly distinguishes the order from its execution. Yet mind is mind and hand is body. The mind orders the mind to will. The recipient of the order is itself, yet it does not perform it. Saint Augustine
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The soul is "torn apart in a painful condition as long as it prefers the eternal because of its Truth but does not discard the temporal because of familiarity. Saint Augustine
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Our Lord reserved to Himself certain things which He would do in due time in a manner outside the course and order of nature, so that they would wonder and be astonished at seeing not great but unusual things, who are unmoved by things daily seen. For the government of the world is a greater miracle than feeding five thousand men from five loaves; yet at the former no one wonders, the latter astonishes all men: not as a greater wonder, but as a rarer. Saint Augustine
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When all is said and done, is there any more wonderful sight, any moment when man's reason is nearer to some sort of contact with the nature of the world than the sowing of seeds, the planting of cuttings, the transplanting of shrubs or the grafting of slips? 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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Though there are very many nations all over the earth, ...there are no more than two kinds of human society, which we may justly call two cities, ...one consisting of those who live according to man, the other of those who live according to God ....To the City of Man belong the enemies of God, ...so inflamed with hatred against the City of God. Saint Augustine
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Hell was made for the inquisitive. 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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Unhappy is the soul enslaved by the love of anything that is mortal. Saint Augustine
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