On August 28 we celebrate the Feast Day of our patron saint, Augustine of Hippo.
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“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”
Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.”
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”
In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me.”
Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”
Late have I loved you, O beauty so ancient and so new: late have I loved you. And see, you were within and I was in the external world and sought you there, and in my unlovely state I plunged into those lovely created things which you made. You were with me, and I was not with you. The lovely things kept me far from you, though if they did not have their existence in you, they had no existence at all. You called and cried out loud and shattered my deafness. You were radiant and resplendent, you put to flight my blindness. You were fragrant, and I drew in my breath and now pant after you. I tasted you, and I feel but hunger and thirst for you. You touched me, and I am set on fire to attain the peace which is yours.― Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
Let us pray
Merciful Lord, who turned Augustine from his sins to be a faithful bishop and teacher, grant that we may follow him in penitence and discipline till our restless hearts ﬁnd their rest in you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.