August 28

Saint AugustineBlessed Redeemer, when Saint Augustine was a young adult, he rejected his upbringing, converted to a false religion and lived immorally.  It was a lifestyle he did not want to give up, but he finally realized that nothing truly satisfied him except friendship with You.  He said, “Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and are restless until they rest in You.”  I ask him pray for those who are stubborn in their rejection of You.  Help them to get more deeply in touch with their inner restlessness and continually increase in them the awareness that their lives are empty until they turn to You.  Saint Augustine, pray for us.  Amen.

QUOTES by Saint Augustine

Those who did not want to practice mercy before the judge came will not expect mercy from the judge. Those who wanted to practice mercy will be judged with mercy. >>

God in his mercy did not abandon men. He sent his Son to redeem us, not with gold or silver but at the price of his blood poured out for us. >>

If you want to meet a merciful judge, be merciful before he comes. Forgive if someone has offended you; give away the possessions of which you have in abundance. >>

Two works of mercy set a man free: forgive and you will be forgiven, and give and you will receive. >>

Our only hope, our only confidence, our only assured promise, Lord, is Your mercy. >>

That your enemies have been created is God’s doing; that they hate you and wish to ruin you is their own doing. What should you say about them in your mind? Lord be merciful to them, forgive them their sins, put the fear of God in them, change them! You are loving in them not what they are, but what you would have them to become. >>

O Lord, is it possible for men to know that You died for him and for him not to live for you? >>

On earth, we are wayfarers, always on the go. This means that we have to keep on moving forward. Therefore, be always unhappy about what you are if you want to reach what you are not. If you are pleased with what you are, you have stopped already. If you say: ‘It is enough,’ you are lost. Keep on walking, moving forward, trying for the goal. Don’t try to stop on the way, or to go back, or to deviate from it. >>

‘Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.’ How foolish, therefore, are those who seek God with these outward eyes, since He is seen with the heart! As it is written elsewhere, ‘And in singleness of heart seek Him.’ For that is a pure heart which is a single heart. >>

Because we are human, we are not strong. Because we are not strong, we pray. >>

We know we are traveling together. If our pace is slow, go on ahead of us. We won’t envy you but rather will seek to catch up with you. However, if you consider us capable of a quicker pace, run along with us. There is only one goal, and we are all anxious to reach it … some at a slow pace and others at a fast pace. Let everyone’s sighs be uttered in longing for Christ. Let us run to Him and cry out for Him. >>

God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them. >>

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