The Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Augustine. This revert is rich with so much wisdom that many Catholics can carry with them on their spiritual journey.
Here are just a few.
“Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient and ever new! Late have I loved you!”
The Catholic Church is filled with so much beauty in its 2000+ years of existence. The quote is from the tenth chapter of his work Confessions. At the age of 33, St. Augustine had a conversion of heart as he would return to the church.
"Beware of your thoughts for they are heard in Heaven."
St. Augustine’s stern warning is applicable to the way we interact with friends, enemies, and family. Our words can make or break people, so let us have charity in our speech.
“Love the sinner and hate the sin.”
This has been making rounds in the debate over same-sex attractions. As part of our evangelization efforts, we must walk with every sinner on earth and guide them to the way of Jesus through our loving example.
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”
For St. Augustine, finding God became his achievement. He would lead him to become a doctor of the church and one of the great defenders of the faith.
“There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.”
No doubt St. Augustine can relate to this quote. We have a future when we strive to follow Jesus and repent of our sins.
“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.”
In all fairness, every Catholic is called to defend the true faith. It does take great courage to defend it.
St. Augustine, pray for us