Friday, August 28, 2009

Feast Day for St. Augustine

People look upon [the Church] and say, "She is about to die. Soon her very name will disappear. there will be no more Christians; they have had their day." while they are thus speaking, I see these very people die themselves, day by day, but the Church lives on.
Do you know how we should read Holy Scripture? As when a person reads letters that have come from his native country, to see what news we have of heaven.
The turbulent have to be corrected, the faint-hearted cheered up, the weak supported; the Gospel's opponents need to be refuted, its insidious enemies guarded against; the unlearned need to be taught, the indolent stirred up, the argumentative checked; the proud must be put in their place, the desperate set on their feet, those engaged in quarrels reconciled; the needy have to be helped, the oppressed to be liberated, the good to be encouraged, the bad to be tolerated; all must be loved. (St. Augustine, describing his daily life)
Just a few tidbits of wisdom from my first saint friend and a great Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine. I don't have time to do him justice, but it looks as if Nunc Stans (where I lifted the above photo from) is planning a big "do" for him. (To whom I was referred by All Manner of Things)

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