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Augustine For Today

AUGUST 23 - SAINT ROSE OF LIMA

“You are all looking forward to greeting Christ seated in heaven. Attend to him lying under the arches, attend to him hungry, attend to him shivering with cold, attend to him needy, attend to him a foreigner. Do it if it’s already your practice; do it if it isn’t your practice.”

            Sermon 25, 8

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AUGUST 21 - SAINT PIUS X

 “If you were cold, withered, worried only about yourself, practically self-sufficient, thinking that you gain nothing by concerning yourself about other people’s sins and that the only thing that is important is to keep yourself upright before God, do you not get a mental picture of that servant who hid his talent and not want to have it bear fruit?”

            On the Gospel of John 10, 9

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AUGUST 18 - SAINT HELENA

 “There is nothing to distinguish the children of God from the children of the devil except unselfish love… If you do not have this one thing, nothing else is worthwhile. If you lack all the rest, have this, and you have fulfilled the Law.”

            On the Letter of John 5, 7

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AUGUST 17 - SAINT CLARE OF MONTEFALCO, O.S.A.

 “Unless humility precedes, accompanies and follows whatever good we do, unless it is a goal on which we keep our eye, a companion at our side, and a yoke upon our neck, we will find that we have done little good to rejoice in; pride will have robbed us of everything.”

            Letter 118, 22

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AUGUST 16 - SAINT STEPHEN OF HUNGARY

 “Make progress, my brothers, examine yourselves honestly again and again. Put yourself to the test. Do not be content with what you are, if you want to become what you are not yet. For where you have grown pleased with yourself, there you will remain… Always add something more, keep moving forward, always make progress.”

            Sermon 169, 15,18

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AUGUST 14 - SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE

 “Look at your Lord, look at your Head, look at the model of your life; contemplate your Redeemer: ‘Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass me by.’ In this way he shows his human will; but immediately he brings down his resistance to obedience: ‘However, not my will, but yours be done.’ In the same way ought you to obey the will of God.”

            Sermon 296, 8

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AUGUST 13 - SAINTS PONTIAN AND HIPPLYTUS

“We may never reject the friendship of anyone who wishes to be our friend. Certainly, we are not obliged to accept everyone immediately in friendship, but it should be our wish to accept everybody as a friend. Our attitude towards others should be such that the possibility of taking them into our friendship remains open.”

            On Diverse Questions 83, 71

 

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AUGUST 11 - SAINT CLARE OF ASSISI

 “Christ humbled himself. Christian, that is what you must make your own. Christ became obedient. How is it that you are proud? When this humbling experience was completed and death itself lay conquered, Christ ascended into heaven. Let us follow him there.”

            Sermon 304, 1-4 

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AUGUST 10 - SAINT LAWRENCE

 “In the Lord’s garden are to be found not only the roses of his martyrs. In it there are also the lilies of the virgins, the ivy of wedded couples, and the violets of widows. On no account may any class of people despair, thinking that God has not called them. Christ suffered for all.”

            Sermon 304, 1-4

 

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AUGUST 7 - SAINT SIXTUS

 “People who are beyond hope pay all the less attention to their own sins, the more interested they are in those of others. They are looking for a chance to tear others to bits, not to put them right. Unable to excuse themselves, they are only too ready to accuse others.”

            Sermon 19, 2 

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AUGUST 6 - THE TRANSFIGURATION

 “Life came down, to be killed; bread came down, to go hungry; the way came down, to grow weary on a journey; the fountain came down, to experience thirst; and are you, Peter, refusing to endure toil? Don’t seek your own profit. Have charity and love, preach the truth; then you will arrive at eternity, where you will find security.”

            Sermon 78, 6

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AUGUST 5 – DEDICATION OF SAINT MARY MAJOR

 “If it’s shameless of a farmer to look for a crop where he knows he hasn’t sown any seed, how much more shameless must it be to look to God to be rich in giving, when you have declined to listen to a poor man asking? It is in the poor person, after all, that the one who is never hungry has wished to be fed.”

            Sermon 206, 2