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.Just a few tidbits of wisdom from my first saint friend and a great Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine. His writing has informed a lot of my practical daily Catholic life.
===========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)
At times his writing has soared way above my head (he was brilliant, after all) and I have by no means read even a fraction of it (City of God ... someday perhaps). But even the tidbits, the crumbs, that fall at my feet are gratefully received and have made a huge difference in my life.
Thank you St. Augustine! Pray for us!
(Read about this great saint's life at Catholic Culture.)