Quotes by Saint Augustine

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Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

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What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels.

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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.

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If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.

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Who can map out the various forces at play in one soul? Man is a great depth, O Lord. The hairs of his head are easier by far to count than his feeling, the movements of his heart.

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Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

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We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.

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Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.

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It seems to me that an unjust law is no law at all.

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Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.

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Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.

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Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.

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God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist.

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Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet.

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Love is the beauty of the soul.

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If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.

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We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.

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Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.

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The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

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God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.

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Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

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It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

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The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.

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He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.

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Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.

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The same thing which is now called Christian religion existed among the ancients. They have begun to call 'Christian' the true religion which existed before.

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Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.

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God is best known in not knowing him.

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He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.

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There is no possible source of evil except good.

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Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

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To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.

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Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

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What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.

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O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.

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O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.

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Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

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Angels are spirits, but it is not because they are spirits that they are angels. They become angels when they are sent. For the name angel refers to their office, not their nature. You ask the name of this nature, it is spirit; you ask its office, it is that of an Angel, which is a messenger.

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For, as it is written in the book of the Prophets: 'And the angel that spoke in me, said to me...' He does not say, 'Spoke to me' but 'Spoke in me'...

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Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Jesus Christ; rest your weary ones; bless your dying ones; soothe your suffering ones; pity your afflicted ones; shield your joyous ones; and all for your love's sake. Amen.

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Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.

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The rich are like beasts of burden, carrying treasure all day, and at the night of death unladen; they carry to their grave only the bruises and marks of their toil.

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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.

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For what is faith unless it is to believe what you do not see?

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Wicked sons do not have the Holy Ghost in the same way as do beloved sons, and yet they do have Baptism. So, too, heretics do not have the Church as Catholics have, even though they have Baptism.

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The fruits of charity are joy, peace, and mercy; charity demands beneficence and fraternal correction; it is benevolence; it fosters reciprocity and remains disinterested and generous; it is friendship and communion: Love is itself the fulfillment of all our works. There is the goal; that is why we run: we run toward it, and once we reach it, in it we shall find rest.

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Blessedness consists in the accomplishment of our desires, and in our having only regular desires.

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Your persistent longing is your persistent voice. But when love grows cold, the heart grows silent. Burning love is the outcry of the heart! If you are filled with longing all the time, you will keep crying out, and if your love perseveres, your cry will be heard without fail.

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God will not suffer man to have a knowledge of things to come for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless and if understanding of his adversity, he would be despairing and senseless

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Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.

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I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.

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Patience is the companion of wisdom.

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Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side... whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament.

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Chastity, or cleanness of heart, holds a glorious and distinguished place among the virtues, because she, alone, enables man to see God; hence Truth itself said, 'Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.'

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A Christian is: a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps.

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Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.

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To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.

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Though there are very many nations all over the earth, ...there are no more than two kinds of human society, which we may justly call two cities, ...one consisting of those who live according to man, the other of those who live according to God ....To the City of Man belong the enemies of God, ...so inflamed with hatred against the City of God.

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The peace of the celestial city is the perfectly ordered and harmonious enjoyment of God, and of one another in God. (City of God, Book 19)

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Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.

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Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.

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Disturbers are to be rebuked, the low spirited to be encouraged, the infirm to be supported, objectors confuted, the treacherous guarded against, the unskilled taught, the lazy aroused, the contentious restrained, the haughty repressed, the poor relieved, the oppressed liberated, the good approved, the evil borne with, and all are to be loved!

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My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.

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The good Christian should beware of mathematicians and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and confine man in the bonds of Hell.

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Give her two red roses, each with a note. The first note says For the woman I love and the second, For my best friend.

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God is not a deceiver, that He should offer to support us, and then, when we lean upon Him, should slip away from us.

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Wonderful is the depth of thy words, whose surface is before us, gently leading on the little ones: and yet a wonderful deepness, O my God, a wonderful deepness. It is awe to look into it; even an awfulness of honour, and a trembling of love....

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And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.

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It is human to err, but it is devilish to remain willfully in error.

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A very weighty argument is this namely, that neither does the light which descends from thence, chiefly upon the world , mix itself with anything, nor admit of dirtiness or pollution, but remains entirely, and in all things that are, free from defilement, admixture, and suffering.

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Why is it that man desires to be made sad, beholding doleful and tragical things, which yet himself would by no means suffer?

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Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a sweet poison, a pleasant sin, which whosoever hath, hath not himself, which whosoever doth commit, doth not commit sin, but he himself is wholly sin.

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The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling?

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Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop.

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Nothing so clearly distinguishes a spiritual man as his treatment of an erring brother.

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"Give us this day our daily bread," by "this day" we mean "at this time," when we either ask for that sufficiency, signifying the whole of our need under the name of bread, which is the outstanding part of it, or for the sacrament of the faithful, which is necessary at this time for attaining not so much this temporal as that eternal happiness.

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For when God said, "Let there be light, and there was light," if we are justified in understanding in this light the creation of the angels, then certainly they were created partakers of the eternal light which is the unchangeable Wisdom of God, by which all things were made, and whom we call the only-begotten Son of God.

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No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.

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By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.

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For whenever unbaptized persons die confessing Christ, this confession is of the same efficacy for the remission of sins as if they were washed in the sacred font of baptism.

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I thought that continence was a matter of our own strength, and I knew that I had not the strength: for in my utter foolishness I did not know the word of Your Scripture that none can be continent unless You give it.

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God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.

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God provides the wind, Man must raise the sail.

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When all is said and done, is there any more wonderful sight, any moment when man's reason is nearer to some sort of contact with the nature of the world than the sowing of seeds, the planting of cuttings, the transplanting of shrubs or the grafting of slips?

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The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page.

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Our life is a gymnasium of desire.... When Christians say "God," what do we wish to express? This word is all that we yearn for."

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Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

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Nothing whatever pertaining to godliness and real holiness can be accomplished without grace .

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In the Mass the blood of Christ flows anew for sinners.

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Women should not be enlightened or educated in any way. They should, in fact, be segregated as they are the cause of hideous and involuntary erections in holy men.

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He who devoutly hears holy Mass will receive a great vigor to enable him to resist mortal sin, and there shall be pardoned to him all venial sins which he may have committed up to that hour.

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Without the Spirit we can neither love God nor keep His commandments.

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We made bad use of immortality, and so ended up dying; Christ made good use of mortality, so that we might end up living.

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The human race is inquisitive about other people's lives, but negligent to correct their own.

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He that is jealous is not in love.

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He who labours, prays.

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We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.

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God bids you not to commit lechery, that is, not to have sex with any woman except your wife. You ask of her that she should not have sex with anyone except you -- yet you are not willing to observe the same restraint in return.

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The Law is not in fault, but our evil and wicked nature; even as a heap of lime is still and quiet until water is poured on it, but then it begins to smoke and burn, not from the fault of the water, but from the nature of the lime, which will not endure it.

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The same divine authority that forbids the killing of a human being establishes certain exceptions, as when God authorizes killing by a general law or when He gives an explicit commission to an individual for a limited time.

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He who does little, but in a state to which God calls him, does more than he who labors much, but in a state which he has thoughtlessly chosen: a cripple limping in the right way is better than a racer out of it.

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The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.

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Every morning you put on your clothes to cover your nakedness and protect your body from inclement weather. Why don't you also clothe your soul with the garment of faith? Remember each morning the truths of your creed, and look at yourself in the mirror of your faith. Otherwise, your soul will soon be naked with the nakedness of oblivion.

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Don't go outside; get back to yourself, in the inner man lies the Truth.

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The world being unworthy to receive the Son of God directly from the hands of the Father, he gave his Son to Mary for the world to receive him from her.

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The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass.

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Believe that you may understand,

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Two works of mercy set a person free: Forgive and you will be forgiven, and give and you will receive.

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Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence.

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Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

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I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.

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My love for you, Lord, is not an uncertain feeling, but a matter of concious certainty. With your word you pierced my heart, and I loved you. But heaven and earth and everything in them on all sides tell me to love you.

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Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood.

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Two loves have made two different cities: self-love hath made a terrestrial city, which rises in contempt of God; and Divine Love hath made a celestial one, which rises in contempt of self. The former glories in itself - the latter in God.

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We come to God by love and not by navigation.

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Quid est ergo tempus? Si nemo ex me quaerat, scio; si quaerenti explicare velim, nescio. What, then, is time? I know well enough what it is, provided that nobodyasksme; but if Iamasked what it is and try to explain, I am baffled.

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When I come to be united to thee with all my being, then there will be no more pain and toil for me, and my life shall be a real life, being wholly filled by thee.

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God in his omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom He knew not how to give more, in His riches He had not more to give, than the Eucharist.

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We count on God's mercy for our past mistakes, on God's love for our present needs, on God's sovereignty for our future.

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His knowledge is not like ours, which has three tenses; present, past, and future. God's knowledge has no change or variation.

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This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.

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The greatest evil is physical pain.

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Indifferent acts are judged by their ends sins are judged by themselves.

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I held my heart back from positively accepting anything, since I was afraid of another fall, and in this condition of suspense I was being all the more killed.

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The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.

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Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?

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Suppress prostitution, and capricious lusts will overthrow society.

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Punishment is justice for the unjust.

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Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee.

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Although among heretics and schismatics there is the same Baptism, nevertheless, the remission of sins is not operative among them because of the very rottenness of discord and wickedness of dissension ... Baptism was in them, but it did not profit them outside the Church ... Outside the Church, Baptism works death because of discord.

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He indeed possesses the Character imposed on him, but he wanders as a renegade.

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Our heart is restless until it rests in You.

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Our rewards in heaven are a result of God's crowning His own gifts.

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Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.

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In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

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Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.

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A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.

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You never depart from us, but yet, only with difficulties do we return to You.

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There is nothing more serious than the sacrilege of schism because there is no just cause for severing the unity of the Church.

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There is no salvation outside the church.

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Though in the order of nature angels rank above men, yet, by scale of justice, good men are of greater value than bad angels.

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Your best servant is the person who does not attend so much to hearing what he himself wants as to willing what he has heard from you.

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You have enemies. For who can live on this earth without them? Take heed to yourselves: love them. In no way can your enemy so hurt you by his violence, as you hurt yourself if you love him not.

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Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.

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Because a thing is eloquently expressed it should not be taken to be as necessarily true; nor because it is uttered with stammering lips should it be supposed false.

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What grace is meant to do is to help good people, not to escape their sufferings, but to bear them with a stout heart, with a fortitude that finds its strength in faith.

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The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.

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God does not give heed to the ambitiousness of our prayers, because he is always ready to give to us his light, not a visible light but an intellectual and spiritual one; but we are not always ready to receive it when we turn aside and down to other things out of a desire for temporal things.

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By means of corporal and temporal things we may comprehend the eternal and the spiritual.

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To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of eternal things; to knowledge, the rational knowledge of temporal things.

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Longing desire prayeth always, though the tongue be silent. If thou art ever longing, thou art ever praying.

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Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness

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Trials and tribulations offer us a chance to make reparation for our past faults and sins. On such occasions the Lord comes to us like a physician to heal the wounds left by our sins. Tribulation is the divine medicine.

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One can't reach the Truth but trough Love.

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I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.

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When [men] go to war, what they want is to impose on their enemies the victor's will and call it peace.

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Remove justice, and what are kingdoms but gangs of criminals on a large scale?... A gang is a group of men... in which the plunder is divided according to an agreed convention. If this villainy... acquires territory, establishes a base, captures cities and subdues people, it then openly arrogates to itself the title of kingdom.

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Virginity is not honored simply because it is virginity, but because it is consecrated of God.

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Even in waging war, cherish the spirit of peace-maker; that, by conquering those whom you attack, you may lead them back to the advantages of peace.

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Any woman who does not give birth to as many children as she is capable is guilty of murder.

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If But for the Mercy of my Lord, that my paradise becomes a woman's hell.

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To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

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The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.

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There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.

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He fashioned hell for the inquisitive.

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We make a ladder for ourselves of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot.

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It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.

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The verdict of the world is conclusive.

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I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within.

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The purpose of all wars, is peace.

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Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.

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In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.

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... at the beginning of the human race the woman was made of a rib taken from the side of the man while he slept; for it seemed fit that even then Christ and His Church should be foreshadowed in this event. For that sleep of the man was the death of Christ, whose side, as He hung lifeless upon the Cross, was pierced with a spear, and there flowed from it blood and water, and these we know to be the sacraments by which the Church is built up.

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...But we enjoyed playing games and were punished for them by men who played games themselves. However, grown-up games are known as 'business' and even though boys' games are much the same, they are punished for them by their elders. No one pities either the boys or the men, though surely we deserve pity, for I cannot believe that a good judge would approve of the beatings I received as a boy on the ground that my games delayed my progress in studying subjects which would enable me to play a less creditable game later in life.

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...If humility does not precede all that we do, our efforts are fruitless.

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A brotherly person rejoices on my account when he approves me, but when he disapproves, he is loving me. To such people I will reveal myself. They will take heart from my good traits, and sigh with sadness at my bad ones. My good points are instilled by you and are your gifts. My bad points are my faults and your judgements on them. Let them take heart from the one and regret the other. Let both praise and tears ascend in your sight from brotherly hearts, your censers. ...But you Lord...Make perfect my imperfections.

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A Christian man is on his guard with respect to those who philosophize according to the elements of this world, not according to God, by Whom the world itself was made; for he is warned by the precept of the apostle and faithfully hears what has been said, 'Beware that no one deceive you through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the elements of the world'

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A Christian should be an Alleluia from head to foot

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A free curiosity is more effective in learning than a rigid discipline.

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A man may lose the good things of this life against his will; but if he loses the eternal blessings, he does so with his own consent.

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A marriage without children is the world without the sun.

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A person can do other things against his will, but belief is possible only in one who is willing.

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A temptation arises: it is the wind. It disturbs you: it is the surging of the seas. This is the time to awaken Christ and let Him remind you of these words

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A wanton eye is a messenger of an unchaste heart.

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A young man had become possessed by a devil. The thing within him burst into loud lamentation and departed from the man. At once the youth's eye fell out on his cheek, and the whole of the pupil which had been black became white.

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All diseases of Christians are to be ascribed to demons; chiefly do they torment freshly-baptized Christians, yea, even the guiltless new-born infants.

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All plenty which is not my God is poverty to me.

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All the dancer's gestures are signs of things, and the dance called rational, because it aptly signifies and displays something over and above the pleasure of the senses.

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All those who belong to Jesus Christ are fastened with Him to the cross.

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All truth and understanding is a result of a divine light which is God Himself.

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Alternate translation: Come brethren, if you have a mind to be ingrafted in the vine, It is a pity to see you lopped off in this manner From the stock. Reckon up the prelates in the very see of Peter; And in that order of fathers see which has succeeded which. This is the rock over which the proud gates of hell prevail not.

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Although God is all powerful, He is unable to give more; though supremely wise, He knows not how to give more; though vastly rich, He has not more to give.

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An apt and true reply was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride. "What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor."

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And how shall I call upon my God, my God and Lord, since, when I call for Him, I shall be calling Him to myself? and what room is there within me, whither my God can come into me? whither can God come into me, God who made heaven and earth? is there, indeed, O Lord my God, aught in me that can contain thee?

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And I entered and beheld with the eye of my soul... the Light Unchangeable... He that knows the Truth, knows what that Light is; and he that knows It, knows Eternity.

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And so, lastly, does the very name of "Catholic", which, not without reason, amid so many heresies, the Church has thus retained; so that, though all heretics wish to be called Catholics, yet when a stranger asks where the Catholic Church meets, no heretic will venture to point to his own chapel or house.

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And yet I do love a kind of light, melody, fragrance, food, embracement when I love my God; for He is the light, the melody, the fragrance, the food, the embracement of my inner self - there where is a brillance that space cannot contain, a sound that time cannot carry away, a perfume that no breeze disperses, a taste undimisnished by eating, a clinging together that no saiety will sunder. This is what I love when I love my God.

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Anger is a weed; hate is a tree

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As the soul is the life of the body, so God is the life of the soul. As therefore the body perishes when the soul leaves it, so the soul dies when God departs from it.

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As to the fable that there are Antipodes, that is to say, men on the opposite side of the earth where the sun rises when it sets to us, men who walk with their feet opposite ours, that is on no ground credible. Even if some unknown landmass is there, and not just ocean, there was only one pair of original ancestors, and it is inconceivable that such distant regions should have been peopled by Adam's descendants.

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As to those other things which we hold on the authority, not of Scripture, but of tradition, and which are observed throughout the whole world, it may be understood that they are held as approved and instituted either by the apostles themselves, or by plenary Councils, whose authority in the Church is most useful, e.g. the annual commemoration, by special solemnities, of the Lord's passion, resurrection, and ascension, and of the descent of the Holy Spirit from heaven, and whatever else is in like manner observed by the whole Church wherever it has been established.

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Attract them by the way you live.

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AugustineThe wounds of a friend are better than the kisses of an enemy. To love with sternness is better than to deceive with gentleness.... In Luke [14:23] it is written: "Compel people to come in!" By threats of the wrath of God, the Father draws souls to his Son.

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Baptism does not profit a man outside unity with the Church ... For many heretics also possess this Sacrament but not the fruits of salvation ... The benefits which flow from Baptism are necessarily fruits which belong to the true Church alone. Children Baptized in other communions cease to be members of the Church when, after reaching the age of reason, they make formal profession of heresy, as, for example, by receiving communion in a non-Catholic Church.

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Be always displeased at what thou art, if thou desirest to attain to what thou art not.

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Beauty grows in you to the extent that love grows, because charity itself is the soul's beauty.

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Beauty is the brilliance of truth.

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Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.

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Because I do it with one small ship, I am called a terrorist. You do it with a whole fleet and are called an emperor.

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Before God can deliver us we must undeceive ourselves.

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Believe in order to Understand and Understand in order to Believe

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Believe that others are better than you in the debths of their soul, although outwardly you may appear better than they.

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Better that I find you, God, and leave the questions unanswered, than to find the answers without finding you.

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Better to have fewer wants than greater riches to supply increasing wants.

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Between urine and filth we are born.

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Beware of bad Catholics.

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Beware of despairing about yourself: you are commanded to put your trust in God, and not in yourself.

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Blessed is he who devotes his life to great and noble ends, and who forms his well-considered plans with deliberate wisdom.

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By and by never comes.

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By the fall a poison was handed to mankind through a woman [Eve], by the Redemption man was given salvation also through a woman [Mary].

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Can any praise be worthy of the Lord's majesty?

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Cantare amantis est ... Singing belongs to one who loves." (s. 336, 1 "“ PL 38, 1472).

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Carnal lust rules where there is no love of God.

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Charity is the root of all good works.

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Choose to love whomsoever thou wilt: all else will follow.

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Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: 'This is My Body.' No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.

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Christ is not valued at all, unless he is valued above all.

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Christ was born of a woman without the man.

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Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden.

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Conscience and reputation are two things. Conscience is due to yourself, reputation to your neighbour.

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Consequently, heretics and schismatics, separated from the unity of this Body, are able to receive the same Sacrament, but with no benefit to themselves; indeed, more to their own harm, in that they are judged the more severely rather than being liberated.

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Consequently, if the republic is the weal of the people, and there is no people if it be not associated by a common acknowledgment of right, and if there is no right where there is no justice, then most certainly it follows that there is no republic where there is no justice.

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Cursed is everyone who places his hope in changing the nature of man

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Custom is second nature.

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Cyprian was not issuing a new decree but was keeping to the most solid belief of the Church in order to correct some who thought that infants ought not be baptized before the eighth day after their birth. . . . He agreed with certain of his fellow bishops that a child is able to be duly baptized as soon as he is born.

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Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo (Give me chastity and continence, but not just yet)!

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Desire only God, and your heart will be satisfied.

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Did my infancy succeed another age of mine that dies before it? Was it that which I spent within my mother's womb?... And what before that life again, O God of my joy, was I anywhere or in any body?

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Dilige et quod vis fac. (Love and then what you will, do.)

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Divine Scripture is wont to frame, as it were, allurements for children from the things which are found in the creature; whereby, according to their measure, and as it were by steps, the affections of the weak may be moved to seek those things that are above, and to leave those things that are below. But the same Scripture rarely employs those things which are spoken properly of God, and are not found in any creature; as, for instance, that which was said to Moses, I am that I am; and, I Am has sent me to you."

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Do not be afraid to throw yourself on the Lord! He will not draw back and let you fall! Put your worries aside and throw yourself on him; He will welcome you and heal you.

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Do not believe yourself healthy. Immortality is health; this life is a long sickness.

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Do not follow any road, but that which Christ trod. This road seems hard, but it is safe.

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Do not say that you have chaste minds if you have unchaste eyes, because an unchaste eye is the messenger of an unchaste heart.

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Do not wander far and wide but return into yourself. Deep within man there dwells the truth.

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Do what you can and pray for what you cannot yet do.

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Do you desire security? Here you have it. The Lord says to you, "I will never abandon you, I will always be with you." If a good man made you such a promise, you would trust him. God makes it, and do you doubt? Do you seek a support more sure than the word of God, which is infallible? Surely, He has made the promise, He has written it, He has pledged His word for it, it is most certain.

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Do you know who the upright of heart are? They are those who wish what God wishes. Therefore, do not try to twist God's will to you own but correct your will to that of God. The will of God is a rule of conduct. By it you have the means of being converted and of correcting your evil ways.

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Do you who are a Christian desire to be revenged and vindicated, and the death of Jesus Christ has not yet been revenged, nor His innocence vindicated?

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Does God proclaim Himself in the wonders of creation? No. All things proclaim Him, all things speak. Their beauty is the voice by which they announce God, by which they sing, "It is you who made me beautiful, not me myself but you.

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Don't hold yourselves cheap, seeing that the creator of all things and of you estimates your value so high, so dear, that he pours out for you every day the most precious blood of his only-begotten Son.

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Don't let your life give evidence against your tongue. Sing with your voices... sing also with your conduct.

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Doubt is but another element of faith.

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Education is the food of youth, the delight of old age, the ornament of prosperity, the refuge and comfort of adversity, and the provocation to grace in the soul.

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Eternity is the now that does not pass away.

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Even the straws under my knees shout to distract me from prayer

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Every city is a living body.

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Every day my conscience makes confession relying on the hope of Your mercy as more to be trusted than its own innocence.

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Every good and true Christian should understand that wherever he may find the truth it is his Lord's.

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Every infinity... is made finite to God.

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Every visible thing in this world is put in the charge of an angel.

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Everyone who observes himself doubting observes a truth, and about that which he observes he is certain; therefore he is certain about a truth. Everyone therefore who doubts whether truth exists has in himself a truth on which not to doubt.... Hence one who can doubt at all ought not to doubt the existence of truth.

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Ex Malo Bounum (good out of evil).

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Except he be willing, man cannot believe.

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Far be it from us to doubt that all number is known to Him 'Whose understanding is infinite' (Ps. 147:5). The infinity of number, though there be no numbering of infinite numbers, is yet not incomprehensible by Him Whose understanding is infinite. And thus, if everything which is comprehended is defined or made finite by the comprehension of him who knows it, then all infinity is in some ineffable way made finite to God, for it is comprehensible by His knowledge.

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Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one's flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself.

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Father, I am seeking: I am hesitant and uncertain, but will you, O God, watch over each step of mine and guide me.

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Fill yourselves first and then only will you be able to give to others.

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Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.

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For a sentence is not complete unless each word, once its syllables have been pronounced, gives way to make room for the next.

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For God loves saving, not condemning, and therefore He is patient with bad people, in order to make good people out of bad people.

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For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.

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For great are you, Lord, and you look kindly on what is humble, but the lofty-minded you regard from afar. Only to those whose hearts are crushed do you draw close. You will not let yourself be found by the proud, nor even by those who in their inquisitive skill count stars or grains of sand, or measure the expanses of heaven, or trace the paths of the planets.

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For I did not know that the soul needs to be enlightened by light from outside itself, so that it can participate in truth, because it is not itself the nature of truth.

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For I wondered that others, subject to death, did live, since he whom I loved, as if he should never die, was dead; and I wondered yet more that myself, who was to him a second self, could live, he being dead. Well said one of his friend, "Thou half of my soul"; for I felt that my soul and his soul were "one soul in two bodies": and therefore was my life a horror to me, because I would not live halved. And therefore perchance I feared to die, lest he whom I had much loved should die wholly.

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For if a thing is not diminished by being shared with others, it is not rightly owned if it is only owned and not shared.

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For if it is not lawful to take the law into our own hands and slay even a guilty person, whose death no public sentence has warranted. Then certainly he who kills himself is a homicide, and so much the guiltier of his own death as he was more innocent of that offence for which he doomed himself to die.

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For in our hope we are saved.

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For it is better to suffer a little want than to have too much.

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For so it is, O Lord my God, I measure it! But what it is I measure, I do not know.

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For what am I to myself without You, but a guide to my own downfall?

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For what is the self-complacent man but a slave to his own self-praise.

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For what is time? ... Who can even in thought comprehend it, so as to utter a word about it? ... If no one asks me, I know: If I wish to explain it to one that asketh, I know not ....

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For why, my brothers and sisters, would you rejoice in silver? Either your silver will perish, or you will, and no one knows which will perish first. For neither can you remain here always, nor can silver remain here always; so also with gold, wardrobes, houses, money, real estate-and in the end, even the light by which we enjoy all these things. So do not be willing then to rejoice in such things as these. Rejoice instead in the light that has no setting; rejoice in the dawn which no yesterday precedes, and no tomorrow follows.

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For you [God] are infinite and never change. In you 'today' never comes to an end: and yet our 'today' does come to an end in you, because time, as well as everything else, exists in you. If it did not, it would have no means of passing. And since your years never come to an end, for you they are simply 'today'...But you yourself are eternally the same. In your 'today' you will make all that is to exist tomorrow and thereafter, and in your 'today' you have made all that existed yesterday and for ever before.

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For, were it not good that evil things should also exist, the omnipotent God would almost certainly not allow evil to be, since beyond doubt it is just as easy for Him not to allow what He does not will, as for Him to do what He will.

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Fortitude is the disposition of soul which enables us to despise all inconveniences and the loss of things not in our power.

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Free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion. Nevertheless, the free ranging flux of curiosity is channeled by discipline under Your Law.

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Free curiosity is of more value than harsh discipline.

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Furthermore, what profit was it to me that I, rascally slave of selfish ambitions that I was, read and understood by myself as many books as I could get concerning the so-called liberal arts?...I had turned my back to the light and my face to the things it illuminated, and so no light played upon my own face, or on the eyes that perceived them.

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Give me yourself, O my God, give yourself back to me. Lo, I love you, but if my love is too mean, let me love more passionately. I cannot gauge my love, nor know how far it fails, how much more love I need for my life to set its course straight into your arms, never swerving until hidden in the covert of your face. This alone I know, that without you all to me is misery, woe outside myself and woe within, and all wealth but penury, if it is not my God.

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Give what You command and command what You will.

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Go forth on your path, as it exists only through your walking.

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God Almighty would in no way permit evil in His works were He not so omnipotent and good that even out of evil He could work good.

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God bestows more consideration on the purity of the intention with which our actions are performed than on the actions themselves.

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God does not expect us to submit our faith to him without reason, but the very limits of our reason make faith a necessity.

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God gives where he finds empty hands.

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God grants us not always what we ask so as to bestow something preferable.

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God has no need of your money, but the poor have. You give it to the poor, and God receives it.

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God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.

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

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God is more anxious to bestow his blessings on us than we are to receive them.

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God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined.

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God is not greater if you reverence Him, but you are greater if you serve Him.

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God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand. If you understand you have failed.

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God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to your honor and glory.

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God suffers not the pain of repentance, nor is He deceived in any matter, so that He would wish to correct that wherein He has erred. But as when a man repents of anything, he wishes to change what he has done; thus where you hear that God repents, look for an actual change. God does it differently from you, although He calls it by the name of repentance; for thou dost it, because you had erred; while He does it, because He avenges, or frees.

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God will cleanse your sins if you yourself are dissatisfied with yourself and will keep on changing until you are perfect.

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God without us will not as we without God cannot.

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God's faithful servant has no desire for people to say or to give to him, or what he likes to hear or see, for his first and greatest aim is to hear what is most pleasing to God.

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God's love is unconditional. Be sure that yours is too!

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Grace alone brings about every good work in us.

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Great are those two gifts, wisdom and continence: wisdom, forsooth, whereby we are formed in the knowledge of God; continence whereby we are not conformed to this world.

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He cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother.

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He loves Thee too little, who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves not for Thy sake.

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He pleaseth God whom God pleaseth.

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He that loveth little prayeth little, he that loveth much prayeth much.

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He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.

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He who commends the nature of the soul as the supreme good, and condemns the nature of the flesh as evil, at once both carnally desires the soul, and carnally flies the flesh, because he feels thus from human vanity, not from divine truth.

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He who created you without you will not justify you without you.

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He who denies the existence of God, has some reason for wishing that God did not exist.

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He who does not have the church as his mother, does not have God as his father.

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He who falls, falls by his own will, and he who stands, stands by God's will.

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He who has God has everything; he who has everything but God has nothing.

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He who is filled with love is filled with God himself.

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He who loves the coming of the Lord is not he who affirms that it is far off, nor is it he who says it is near, but rather he who, whether it be far off or near, awaits it with sincere faith, steadfast hope, and fervent love.

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He who made thee is made in thee. He is made in thee through whom you were made.... Give milk, O mother, to him who is our food; give milk to the bread that comes down from heaven.

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He who thinks he lives without sin puts aside not sin, but pardon.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

Hear, O God. Alas, for man's sin! So saith man, and Thou pitiest him; for Thou madest him, but sin is in him Thou madest not. Who remindeth me of the sins of my infancy? for in Thy sight none is pure from sin, not even the infant whose life is but a day upon the earth.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

Heaven forbid that we should believe in such a way as not to accept or seek reasons, since we could not even believe if we did not possess rational souls.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

Hell was made for the inquisitive.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

Heretics think false things about God and call it their faith.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

Hope has two lovely daughters, anger and courage.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

How can the past and future be, when the past no longer is, and the future is not yet? As for the present, if it were always present and never moved on to become the past, it would not be time, but eternity.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

How high a price we pay for the burden of habit! I am fitted for life here where I do not want to be, I want to live there but am unfit for it, and on both counts I am miserable.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

Human law cannot punish or forbid all evil, since while doing away with evils it would do away with many good things, which would hinder the advance of the common good.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

Humility is first, second and third in Christianity.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

Humility must accompany all our actions, must be with us everywhere; for as soon as we glory in our good works they are of no further value to our advancement in virtue.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I acknowledge Thee, Lord of heaven and earth, and praise Thee for my first rudiments of being, and my infancy, whereof I remember nothing; for Thou hast appointed that man should from others guess much as to himself; and believe much on the strength of weak females.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I am convinced that in all history there has never been a greater need to Pray for our Pastors than exists right now! Pastors are experiencing an unprecedented wave of attacks, stresses, challenges. obstacles. pressures.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I asked the whole frame of the world about my God; and he answered, I am not He, but He made me.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I became evil for no reason. I had no motive for my wickedness except wickedness itself. It was foul, and I loved it. I loved the self-destruction, I loved my fall, not the object for which I had fallen but my fall itself. My depraved soul leaped down from your firmament to ruin. I was seeking not to gain anything by shameful means, but shame for its own sake.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I believe in order to understand

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I did not find you outside, O Lord, because I made the mistake of seeking outside you who were within

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I do not comprehend all that I am. Is the mind, therefore, too limited to possess itself?

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I do not doubt that all those who have received Baptism anywhere and from whomever do have Baptism, as long as it was consecrated with the words of the Gospel and they received it without pretence on their part and with some degree of faith. However, it would not avail them for their spiritual salvation if they were lacking in that charity by which they might be implanted in the Catholic Church.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I entered (into my inward self) and beheld with the eye of my soul...the Light Unchangeable.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I err therefore I am.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I fell away from you, my God, and I went astray, too far astray from you, the support of my youth, and I became to myself a land of want.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I had a clear idea about what time is till I was asked to explain it and ceased to understand it altogether as soon as I began explaining it.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I have learnt to love you late, Beauty at once so ancient and so new!

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I have said before, and shall say again, that I write this book for love of your love.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I inquired what wickedness is, and I didn't find a substance, but a perversity of will twisted away from the highest substance - You, O God - towards inferior things, rejecting its own inner life and swelling with external matters.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I make bold to say that it is profitable for the proud to fall, in order that they may be humbled in that for which they have exalted themselves.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I once laboured hard for the free will of man, until the grace of God at length overcame me.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I too have sworn heedlessly and all the time, I have had this most repulsive and death-dealing habit. I'm telling your graces; from the moment I began to serve God , and saw what evil there is in forswearing oneself, I grew very afraid indeed, and out of fear I applied the brakes to this old, old, habit.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I was in love with loving.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I was in misery, and misery is the state of every soul overcome by friendship with mortal things and lacerated when they are lost. Then the soul becomes aware of the misery which is its actual condition even before it loses them.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I was not yet in love, yet I loved to love...I sought what I might love, in love with loving.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I was unhappy and so is every soul unhappy which is tied to its love for mortal things; when it loses them, it is torn in pieces, and it is then that it comes to realize the unhappiness which was there even before it lost them.

Saint Augustine (Source: SoberSides.com)

I will not live an instant that I do not live in love