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Wednesday, November 08, 2017 Athanasian Creed

1. Whosoever will besaved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholicfaith;
2. Which faithexcept every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shallperish everlastingly.
3. And the Catholicfaith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity inUnity;
4. Neitherconfounding the persons nor dividing the substance.
5. For there is oneperson of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the HolySpirit.
6. But the Godheadof the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, theglory equal, the majesty coeternal.
7. Such as theFather is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit.
8. The Fatheruncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated.
9. The Fatherincomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spiritincomprehensible.
10. The Fathereternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal.
11. And yet they arenot three eternals but one eternal.
12. As also thereare not three uncreated nor three incomprehensible, but one uncreatedand one incomprehensible.
13. So likewise theFather is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty.
14. And yet they arenot three almighties, but one almighty.
15. So the Father isGod, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God;
16. And yet they arenot three Gods, but one God.
17. So likewise theFather is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord;
18. And yet they arenot three Lords but one Lord.
19. For like as weare compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person byhimself to be God and Lord;
20. So are weforbidden by the Catholic religion to say; There are three Gods orthree Lords.
21. The Father ismade of none, neither created nor begotten.
22. The Son is ofthe Father alone; not made nor created, but begotten.
23. The Holy Spiritis of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, norbegotten, but proceeding.
24. So there is oneFather, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit,not three Holy Spirits.
25. And in thisTrinity none is afore or after another; none is greater or less thananother.
26. But the wholethree persons are coeternal, and coequal.
27. So that in allthings, as aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unityis to be worshipped.
28. He thereforethat will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
29. Furthermore itis necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightlythe incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
30. For the rightfaith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, theSon of God, is God and man.
31. God of thesubstance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and man ofsubstance of His mother, born in the world.
32. Perfect God andperfect man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.
33. Equal to theFather as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father astouching His manhood.
34. Who, although Heis God and man, yet He is not two, but one Christ.
35. One, not byconversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of that manhoodinto God.
36. One altogether,not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.
37. For as thereasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ;
38. Who suffered forour salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from thedead;
39. He ascended intoheaven, He sits on the right hand of the Father, God, Almighty;
40. From thence Heshall come to judge the quick and the dead.
41. At whose comingall men shall rise again with their bodies;
42. and shall giveaccount of their own works.
43. And they thathave done good shall go into life everlasting and they that have doneevil into everlasting fire.

44. This is theCatholic faith, which except a man believe faithfully he cannot besaved.

Athanasian Creed2017-11-08T18:24:00-05:00Steve SmithAthanasian Creed|Catholic Church|Church Fathers|Early Church|Early Church Fathers|Roman Catholic|Roman Catholic Church|CommentsSteve SmithI am a 66 year old single man from the mountains of Western North Carolina. Monday, November 10, 2014 Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe, Bishop and Early Church Father

SaintFulgentius of Ruspe (also known as Fabius Claudius GordianusFulgentius), a Latin Father of the Church, was born around 465 Telepte, Carthage. He was born to a Roman senatorial family, andwas well educated.
Hisfather Claudius, died while Fulgentius was still quite young. Hismother, Mariana taught him to speak Greek and Latin. He became sogood at Greek, that he spoke it like a native, and committed all ofHomer to memory. He was also well trained in Latin literature.
Ashe grew older, he managed his house wisely in subjection to hismother, and Fulgentius quickly gained wide respect for his conduct ofthe family affairs. This reputation helped him to acquire a post as acivil servant in the government of Rome, as a procurator of Byzacena.
Hequickly grew tired of the provincial life. This, together with hisstudies of religion, particularly a sermon of SaintAugustine of Hippo on Psalm 36, led to his being attracted to areligious life, and he soon entered a monastery, became a monk, thenwas ordained, and became abbot.
Atthe time, the Arian persecutions had ceased, but the election ofCatholic bishops was forbidden. In 508 it became necessary to defythe law, and bishops were consecrated, Fulgentius being chosen forRuspe (modern Kudiat Rosfa, Tunisia). He was exiled with 60 otherbishops to Sardinia. There they built a monastery, and continued towrite, pray, and study.
Fulgentiuswas invited back to Carthage by the Arian king Thrasimund to hold adebate with his Arian replacement around 515, and so successfullyrefuted his Arian opponents that he was exiled again in 518.
KingHilderic succeeded Thrasimund in 523, and permitted the exiles toreturn. Peace finally being restored to the African church,Fulgentius returned to his diocese. Saint Fulgentius preferred toreturn to his monastery and resume his studies, but he was such apopular preacher, he was kept busy in the pulpit until his death.
Someletters and eight sermons survive by Fulgentius. Fulgentius's workshows knowledge of Greek and a strong agreement with Saint Augustineof Hippo. He wrote frequently against Arianism and Pelagianism.
SaintFulgentius of Ruspe died of natural causes around 533 at Ruspe. Someof his relics are located at Bourges, France.
Beloware a few quotations from Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe.
Holdmost firmly and never doubt that the same Holy Spirit, who is the oneSpirit of the Father and the Son, proceeds from the Father and theSon. For the Son says, 'When the Spirit of Truth comes, who hasproceeded from the Father,' where he taught that the Spirit is his,because he is the Truth. From Letter to Peter on the Faith

Thespiritual building up of the body of Christ is achieved through love.As Saint Peter says: Like living stones you are built into aspiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritualsacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. And there can beno more effective way to pray for this spiritual growth than for theChurch, itself Christs body, to make the offering of his body andblood in the sacramental form of bread and wine. For the cup we drinkis a participation in the blood of Christ, and the bread we break isa participation in the body of Christ. Because there is one loaf, wewho are many are one body, since we all share the same bread. And sowe pray that, by the same grace which made the Church Christsbody, all its members may remain firm in the unity of that bodythrough the enduring bond of love. From The Sacrament ofUnity and Love

Ourking, despite his exalted majesty, came in humility for our sake; yethe did not come empty-handed. He brought his soldiers a great giftthat not only enriched them but also made them unconquerable inbattle, for it was the gift of love, which was to bring men to sharein his divinity. He gave of his bounty, yet without any loss tohimself. In a marvellous way he changed into wealth the poverty ofhis faithful followers while remaining in full possession of his owninexhaustible riches. From a sermon on The Feast of SaintStephen

Leteveryone, therefore, who does not wish to be condemned to the endlesspunishment of the second death now hasten to share in the firstresurrection. For if any during this life are changed out of fear ofGod and pass from an evil life to a good one, they pass from death tolife and later they shall be transformed from a shameful state to aglorious one. From a treatise on forgiveness.

Wedo not, however, only say your Son when we conclude our prayer.We also say, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of theHoly Spirit. In this way we commemorate the natural unity of theFather, Son and Holy Spirit. It is clear, then, that the Christ whoexercises a priestly role on our behalf is the same Christ who enjoysa natural unity and equality with the Father and the Holy Spirit.From a letter.

Godmakes the Church itself a sacrifice pleasing in his sight bypreserving within it the love which his Holy Spirit has poured out.Thus the grace of that spiritual love is always available to us,enabling us continually to offer ourselves to God as a livingsacrifice, holy and pleasing to him for ever. From TheSacrament of Unity and Love

Mybrothers, Christ made love the stairway that would enable allChristians to climb to heaven. Hold fast to it, therefore, in allsincerity, give one another practical proof of it, and by yourprogress in it, make your ascent together. From a sermon onThe Feast of Saint Stephen
Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe, Bishop and Early Church Father2014-11-10T16:16:00-05:00Steve SmithBishop|Catholic Christianity|Catholic Church|Church Fathers|Early Church|Early Church Fathers|Latin Father|Roman Catholic|Roman Catholic Church|Saint Fulgentius of Ruspe|CommentsSteve SmithI am a 66 year old single man from the mountains of Western North Carolina. Monday, September 02, 2013 Pope Saint Gregory the GreatEarly Church Father and Doctor of the Church

Pope Saint Gregorythe Great (also known as Gregory I; Gregory Dialogos; Father of theFathers) was born in 540 A.D., at Rome, Italy. Saint Gregory is aLatin Father of the Church, and Doctor of the Church. He is also oneof the four Traditional Doctors of the Latin Church (along with SaintAmbrose of Milan, Saint Augustine of Hippo, and Saint Jerome).
Gregory was the son of a wealthy Roman senator and Saint Silvia of Rome. Healso was the nephew of Saint Emiliana of Rome and Saint Tarsilla, and thegreat-grandson of Pope Saint Felix III. Gregory was educated by thefinest teachers in Rome. He was prefect of the city of Rome for oneyear, then he sold his possessions, turned his home into aBenedictine monastery, and used his money to build six monasteries inSicily and one in Rome, and he entered the Benedictine Order, wherehe was a monk. He was appointed cardinal-deacon, and then sent to theByzantine court to secure aid against the Lombards. The result of hissix year sojourn was a conviction that Rome must not rely on the Eastfor help.
After his return he saw English children being sold in theRoman Forum, and he wanted to become a missionary to England. Thepeople of Rome would not allow him to leave. His desire was realizedwhen he sent Saint Augustine of Canterbury, with a band ofmissionaries to England in 590.
Gregory waselected 64th Pope by unanimous acclamation on September 3,590, and was the first monk to be chosen as pope. With his electionto the papacy, he published a work on episcopal duties, which wasused for centuries. He enforced the celibacy of the clergy, andsupervised church funds. Although he strengthened the prerogatives ofthe papacy by demanding supreme authority over all churches, judgingbishops, and hearing the complaints of prelates, he was alwaystactful in dealing with secular authority.
He established the systemof appeals to Rome, and is recognized as an administrator and lawyer.Gregory collected the melodies and plain chant so associated with himthat they are now known as Gregorian Chant. He also sentmissionaries to France, Spain, and Africa. Gregory wrote some veryinfluential works on the Mass and Office.
Pope Saint Gregorythe Great died of natural causes on March 12, 604 at Rome, Italy.
Below are a collection of quotationsby Pope Saint Gregory the Great from homilies, writings, and prayersby him:

When we attend to theneeds of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. Morethan performing works of mercy, we are paying a debt of justice. Pope Saint Gregory the Great
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If we knew at what timewe were to depart from this world, we would be able to select aseason for pleasure and another for repentance. But God, who haspromised pardon to every repentant sinner, has not promised ustomorrow. Therefore we must always dread the final day, which we cannever foresee. This very day is a day of truce, a day for conversion.And yet we refuse to cry over the evil we have done! Not only do wenot weep for the sins we have committed, we even add to them. -Pope Saint Gregory the Great
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If we are, in fact, nowoccupied in good deeds, we should not attribute the strength withwhich we are doing them to ourselves. We must not count on ourselves,because even if we know what kind of person we are today, we do notknow what we will be tomorrow. Nobody must rejoice in the security oftheir own good deeds. As long as we are still experiencing theuncertainties of this life, we do not know what end may follow...wemust not trust in our own virtues. Pope Saint Gregory the Great
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As for certain lesserfaults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is apurifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemyagainst the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor inthe age to come. From this sentence we understand that certainoffenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the ageto come. Pope Saint Gregory the Great
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When Mary Magdalen cameto the tomb and did not find the Lords body, she thought it hadbeen taken away and so informed the disciples. After they came andsaw the tomb, they too believed what Mary had told them. The textthen says: The disciples went back home, and it adds: butMary wept and remained standing outside the tomb. We shouldreflect on Marys attitude and the great love she felt for Christ;for though the disciples had left the tomb, she remained. She wasstill seeking the one she had not found, and while she sought shewept; burning with the fire of love, she longed for him who shethought had been taken away. And so it happened that the woman whostayed behind to seek Christ was the only one to see him. Forperseverance is essential to any good deed, as the voice of truthtell us: Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved. -- PopeSaint Gregory the Great from a homily
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It is only right, withall the powers of our heart and mind, to praise You Father and YourOnly-Begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Dear Father, by Yourwondrous condescension of Loving-Kindness toward us, Your servants,You gave up Your Son. Dear Jesus You paid the debt of Adam for us tothe Eternal Father by Your Blood poured forth in Loving-Kindness. Youcleared away the darkness of sin by Your magnificent and radiantResurrection. You broke the bonds of death and rose from the grave asa Conqueror. You reconciled Heaven and earth. Our life had no hope ofEternal Happiness before You redeemed us. Your Resurrection haswashed away our sins, restored our innocence and brought us joy. Howinestimable is the tenderness of Your Love!
We pray You, Lord, topreserve Your servants in the peaceful enjoyment of this Easterhappiness. We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Who lives andreigns with God The Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, foreverand ever. Amen. -- Pope Saint Gregory the Great from an Easter Prayerby him
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Our fatherland isparadise, heaven. We have departed from it by pride, disobedience,abuse of the senses, therefore it is needed that we return to it byobedience, contempt of the world, and by taming the desires of theflesh; thus we return to our own country by another road. Byforbidden pleasures we have forfeited the joys of paradise, bypenance we must regain them. -- Pope Saint Gregory the Great
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Don't be anxious aboutwhat you have, but about what you are! -- Pope Saint Gregory theGreat
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You should be aware thatthe word angel denotes a function rather than a nature. Thoseholy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can onlybe called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those whodeliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and thosewho proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels.
And so it was that notmerely an angel but the archangel Gabriel was sent to the VirginMary. It was only fitting that the highest angel should come toannounce the greatest of all messages.
Some angels are givenproper names to denote the service they are empowered to perform. Inthat holy city, where perfect knowledge flows from the vision ofalmighty God, those who have no names may easily be known. Butpersonal names are assigned to some, not because they could not beknown without them, but rather to denote their ministry when theycame among us. Thus, Michael means Who is like God; Gabriel isThe Strength of God; and Raphael is Gods Remedy.
Whenever some act ofwondrous power must be performed, Michael is sent, so that his actionand his name may make it clear that no one can do what God does byhis superior power. So also our ancient foe desired in his pride tobe like God, saying: I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt mythrone above the stars of heaven; I will be like the Most High. Hewill be allowed to remain in power until the end of the world when hewill be destroyed in the final punishment. Then, he will fight withthe archangel Michael, as we are told by John: A battle was foughtwith Michael the archangel.
So too Gabriel, who iscalled Gods strength, was sent to Mary. He came to announce theOne who appeared as a humble man to quell the cosmic powers. ThusGods strength announced the coming of the Lord of the heavenlypowers, mighty in battle.
Raphael means, as I havesaid, Gods remedy, for when he touched Tobits eyes in order tocure him, he banished the darkness of his blindness. Thus, since heis to heal, he is rightly called Gods remedy. -- Pope SaintGregory the Great from a homily
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Perhaps it is not afterall so difficult for a man to part with his possessions, but it iscertainly most difficult for him to part with himself. To renouncewhat one has is a minor thing; but to renounce what one is, that isasking a lot. -- Pope Saint Gregory the Great
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Thomas, one of thetwelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. He wasthe only disciple absent; on his return he heard what had happenedbut refused to believe it. The Lord came a second time; he offeredhis side for the disbelieving disciple to touch, held out his hands,and showing the scars of his wounds, healed the wound of hisdisbelief.
Dearly beloved, what doyou see in these events? Do you really believe that it was by chancethat this chosen disciple was absent, then came and heard, heard anddoubted, doubted and touched, touched and believed? It was not bychance but in Gods providence. In a marvellous way Gods mercyarranged that the disbelieving disciple, in touching the wounds ofhis masters body, should heal our wounds of disbelief. Thedisbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of theother disciples. As he touches Christ and is won over to belief,every doubt is cast aside and our faith is strengthened. So thedisciple who doubted, then felt Christs wounds, becomes a witnessto the reality of the resurrection. -- Pope Saint Gregory the GreatFrom a HomilyOn Saint Thomas the Apostle
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The proof of love is inthe works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when itceases to act, it ceases to exist. -- Pope Saint Gregory the Great
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He who would climb to alofty height must go by steps, not leaps. -- Pope Saint Gregory theGreat
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There are in truth threestates of the converted: the beginning, the middle, and theperfection. In the beginning they experience the charms of sweetness;in the middle the contests of temptation; and in the end the fullnessof perfection. -- Pope Saint Gregory the Great
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Blessed are those whohave not seen and have believed. There is here a particular referenceto ourselves; we hold in our hearts one we have not seen in theflesh. We are included in these words, but only if we follow up ourfaith with good works. The true believer practices what he believes.But of those who pay only lip service to faith, Paul has this to say:They profess to know God, but they deny him in their works. ThereforeJames says: Faith without works is dead. -- Pope Saint Gregory theGreat
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The Holy Bible is like amirror before our mind's eye. In it we see our inner face. From theScriptures we can learn our spiritual deformities and beauties. Andthere too we discover the progress we are making and how far we arefrom perfection. -- Pope Saint Gregory the Great
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The Emperor of heaven,the Lord of men and of angels, has sent you His epistles for yourlifes advantageand yet you neglect to read them eagerly. Studythem, I beg you, and meditate daily on the words of your Creator.Learn the heart of God in the words of God, that you may sigh moreeagerly for things eternal, that your soul may be kindled withgreater longings for heavenly joy. -- Pope Saint Gregory the Great

Pope Saint Gregory the Great2013-09-02T15:32:00-04:00Steve SmithBishop|Catholic Church|Church Fathers|Doctor of the Church|Early Church|Early Church Fathers|Latin Father|Pope|Roman Catholic|Roman Catholic Church|CommentsSteve SmithI am a 66 year old single man from the mountains of Western North Carolina. Monday, August 27, 2012 Saint Augustine of Hippo, Early Church Father, Bishop, and Doctor of the Church
Saint Augustine of Hippo (also known as Aurelius Augustinus; Doctor of Grace) was born around 354 A.D., at Tagaste, Numidia, North Africa (Souk-Ahras, Algeria) as Aurelius Augustinus. He was the son of Patricius, a pagan, and of Saint Monica, and he received a Christian education.
He lost his faith in his youth and led a wild life. He lived with a Carthaginian woman from the age of 15 through 30, and he fathered a son whom he named Adeotadus, which means the gift of God. Augustine had gone to Carthage to study law, but, he became a slave to immorality and eventually embraced the heresy of Manichaeism.
He went to Italy around 383, and taught rhetoric at Milan. He was a Manichaean for several years after having investigated and experimented with several philosophies. Manichaeism taught of a great struggle between good and evil, and featured a lax moral code. A summation of his thinking at the time comes from his book, Confessions: "God, give me chastity and continence - but not just now." This heresy boasted to have an answer to every question and to explain the deepest mysteries of the Christian religion. It was this boast that blinded Saint Augustine for nine years, setting him thinking that Manichaeism "would free us from all error, and bring us to God by pure reason alone." Association with the leaders of this heresy opened his eyes and he saw that, despite the boast of their lips, "their hearts were void of truth." His mother, Saint Monica prayed constantly for his conversion to the truth. His conversion is a classic instance of the efficacy of a mother's prayer. Saint Augustine was baptized by Saint Ambrose of Milan around 387.
On the death of his mother he returned to Tagaste in 388, sold his property, gave the proceeds to the poor, and founded a monastery. Saint Augustine was ordained a priest around 391, and was consecrated assistant Bishop of Hippo around 396. He introduced religious poverty and community life into his residence, which became a nursery of African monasteries and bishops.
For 34 years he wrote and preached against the heresies of Manichaeism, Donatism, Pelagianism and others. He oversaw his church and his see during the fall of the Roman Empire to the Vandals. Augustine became renowned as a philosopher, theologian, and especially as the Doctor of Grace. His writings cover the whole field of theology, with his Confessions and the City of God being the best known. Saint Augustine is a Latin Father of the Church, and Doctor of the Church.

Saint Augustine's later thinking is best said by his writing, Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.
Saint Augustine died at Hippo around 430. His relics are at Pavia and Hippo. His memorial is August 28.
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Below is a prayer by Saint Augustine :
Prayer on Finding God after a Long Search
Too late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient, O Beauty so new. Too late have I loved you! You were within me but I was outside myself, and there I sought you! In my weakness I ran after the beauty of the things you have made. You were with me, and I was not with you. The things you have made kept me from you - the things which would have no being unless they existed in you! You have called, you have cried, and you have pierced my deafness. You have radiated forth, you have shined out brightly, and you have dispelled my blindness. You have sent forth your fragrance, and I have breathed it in, and I long for you. I have tasted you, and I hunger and thirst for you. You have touched me, and I ardently desire your peace. Amen
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Below are several quotations from Saint Augustine of Hippo:
God has no need of your money, but the poor have. You give it to the poor, and God receives it. - Saint Augustine
The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness and peril of falling? - Saint Augustine
Daily advance, then, in this love, both by praying and by well doing, that through the help of Him who enjoined it on you, and whose gift it is, it may be nourished and increased, until, being perfected, it render you perfect. - Saint Augustine
What do you possess if you possess not God? - Saint Augustine
Unhappy is the soul enslaved by the love of anything that is mortal. - Saint Augustine
The love of worldly possessions is a sort of bird line, which entangles the soul, and prevents it flying to God. - Saint Augustine
This very moment I may, if I desire, become the friend of God. - Saint Augustine
God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves. - Saint Augustine
I will suggest a means whereby you can praise God all day long, if you wish. Whatever you do, do it well, and you have praised God. - Saint Augustine
This is the business of our life. By labor and prayer to advance in the grace of God, till we come to that height of perfection in which, with clean hearts, we may behold God. - Saint Augustine
God in his omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom He knew not how to give more, in His riches He had not more to give, than the Eucharist. - Saint Augustine
God does not command impossibilities, but by commanding admonishes you do what you can and to pray for what you cannot, and aids you that you may be able. - Saint Augustine
Our life and our death are with our neighbor. - Saint Augustine
Neither are the souls of the pious dead separated from the Church which even now is the kingdom of Christ. Otherwise there would be no remembrance of them at the altar of God in the communication of the Body of Christ. - from The City of God by Saint Augustine
A Christian people celebrates together in religious solemnity the memorials of the martyrs, both to encourage their being imitated and so that it can share in their merits and be aided by their prayers. - from Against Faustus the Manichean, by Saint Augustine
There is an ecclesiastical discipline, as the faithful know, when the names of the martyrs are read aloud in that place at the altar of God, where prayer is not offered for them. Prayer, however, is offered for the dead who are remembered. For it is wrong to pray for a martyr, to whose prayers we ought ourselves be commended. - from Sermons by Saint Augustine
At the Lords table we do not commemorate martyrs in the same way that we do others who rest in peace so as to pray for them, but rather that they may pray for us that we may follow in their footsteps. - from Homilies on John by Saint Augustine
Since we cannot, as yet, understand that He was begotten by the Father before the day-star, let us celebrate His birth of the Virgin in the nocturnal hours. Since we do not comprehend how His name existed before the light of the sun, let us recognize His tabernacle placed in the sun. Since we do not, as yet, gaze upon the Son inseparably united with His Father, let us remember Him as the bridegroom coming out of his bride chamber. Since we are not yet ready for the banquet of our Father, let us grow familiar with the manger of our Lord Jesus Christ. - Saint Augustine
He prays for us as our priest, prays in us as our Head, and is prayed to by us as our God. Therefore let us acknowledge our voice in him and his in us. - Saint Augustine
Question the beauty of the earth, the sea, the air distending and diffusing itself, the sky, question all these realities. All respond: See, we are beautiful. These beauties are subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One who is not subject to change? - Saint Augustine
One and the same Word of God extends throughout the Scripture, that it is one and the same Utterance that resounds in the mouths of all the sacred writers, since He who was in the beginning God with God has no need for separate syllables; for he is not subject to time. - Saint Augustine
Jesus Christ will be Lord of all, or he will not be Lord at all. - Saint Augustine
If physical things please you, then praise God for them, but turn back your love to Him who created them, lest in the things that please you, you displease Him. If souls please you, love them in God; for in themselves they are changeable, but in Him they are firmly established. Without Him they pass away and perish. In Him, then, let them be loved, and carry along with you to Him as many souls as you can, and say to them, Let us love Him, let us love Him; He made the world and is not far from it. He did not make all things and then leave them, but they are of Him and in Him. See, there He is wherever truth is loved. He is within the very heart, yet the heart has strayed from Him. Return to your heart, O you transgressors, and hold fast to Him who made you. Stand with Him and you will stand fast. Rest in Him and you shall be at rest. - Saint Augustine, from The Confessions
Let us understand that God is a physician, and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation. - Saint Augustine
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
If you see that you have not yet suffered tribulations, consider it certain that you have not begun to be a true servant of God; for Saint Paul says plainly that all who chose to live piously in Christ, shall suffer persecutions - Saint Augustine
I speak to you who have just been reborn in baptism, my little children in Christ, you who are the new offspring of the Church, gift of the Father, proof of Mother Churchs fruitfulness. All of you who stand fast in the Lord are a holy seed, a new colony of bees, the very flower of our ministry and fruit of our toil, my joy and my crown. It is the words of the Apostle that I address to you: Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh and its desires, so that you may be clothed with the life of him whom you have put on in this sacrament. You have all been clothed with Christ by your baptism in him. There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor freeman; there is neither male nor female; you are all one in Christ Jesus. Such is the power of this sacrament: it is a sacrament of new life which begins here and now with the forgiveness of all past sins, and will be brought to completion in the resurrection of the dead. You have been buried with Christ by baptism into death in order that, as Christ has risen from the dead, you also may walk in newness of life. You are walking now by faith, still on pilgrimage in a mortal body away from the Lord; but he to whom your steps are directed is himself the sure and certain way for you: Jesus Christ, who for our sake became man. For all who fear him he has stored up abundant happiness, which he will reveal to those who hope in him, bringing it to completion when we have attained the reality which even now we possess in hope. This is the octave day of your new birth. Today is fulfilled in you the sign of faith that was prefigured in the Old Testament by the circumcision of the flesh on the eighth day after birth. When the Lord rose from the dead, he put off the mortality of the flesh; his risen body was still the same body, but it was no longer subject to death. By his resurrection he consecrated Sunday, or the Lords day. Though the third after his passion, this day is the eighth after the Sabbath, and thus also the first day of the week. And so your own hope of resurrection, though not yet realized, is sure and certain, because you have received the sacrament or sign of this reality, and have been given the pledge of the Spirit. If, then, you have risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your hearts on heavenly things, not the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, your life, appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. - from a sermon by Saint Augustine

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