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What is Augustinian Community Life?

Community is the “axis around which Augustinian religious life turns.”[1]  The Augustinians are a community of brothers who seek to live together harmoniously, united together in their search for God and service to the Church.  Our community life is modeled after the teachings and example of Saint Augustine, who sought to imitate the example of the early apostolic community found in Acts 2:42-47.  Around the year 400, Saint Augustine wrote a Rule to govern the way of life of those who chose to follow his idea of community.  This Rule continues to be the primary source of governance of the Augustinian way of life today.

Our communities are located in houses, monasteries, parish rectories, schools, and other residential locations through the world. The day to day life of our communities varies based on the ministries, schedules, and other factors unique to each community.

However, at the root of all Augustinian community life is a life shared in common; a life in which all the brothers, by sharing of themselves, construct a path to discover God in themselves and in one another. All have been created in the image and likeness of God, therefore Augustine calls those who follow the Augustinian way of life to mutually honor God in one another (Rule, I, 9).  

This requires our day-to-day communal life to be centered around common prayer, sharing everything in common so that the needs of all brothers in community are met, a friendship that not only respects differences but also embraces them, and mutual care for one another among other key principles.

Click here to learn more about the principles found in the rule that govern the Augustinian way of life today.

The daily schedules for our communities therefore include time for common prayer, common meals, reflection on the Scriptures and other spiritual reading (including reflection on the Rule), care for the common goods (e.g., house and car maintenance), and recreation.  

All this allows us to not only live together physically, but to also live together spiritually, achieving not only “unity of peace and harmony” but also “unity of purpose, understanding, and heartfelt affection, such that all the religious should seem to be only one.”[2]

At the heart of this shared common life and discovery of God in ourselves and one another is a recognition of the inherent dignity and equality of all people. Full communion can only be achieved when any sense of pride, power, and possessiveness are overcome by a spirit of love and unity among the members of the community.

What has been your experience of faith in communion with others? Be sure to leave your thoughts below!
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Advocacy"Be assured that abuses are not done away with by harsh or severe or autocratic measures, but by teaching rather than by commanding, by persuasion rather than by threats. This is the way to deal with the people in general, reserving severity for the sins of the few. If we make threats, let it be done sorrowfully, in the words of Scripture, and in terms of the world to come. In this way, it is not we who are feared because of our power, but God because of our words." - Letter 22, 5.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNonehttps://augustinianspirituality.org/2020/08/10/the-rule-of-saint-augustine/#24
Advocacy"Clearly, it is not by harshness or by severity, or by overbearing methods, that social evils are removed. It is by education rather than by formal commands, by persuasion rather than by threats. This is the way to deal with people in general. Severity, however, should be employed only against the sins of the few." - Letter 22, 5.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Advocacy"Essentially, the distinguishing mark of those who strive after Christian perfection is that they love the sinner and detest only sins. When they must avenge wrongdoing, they do so, not with the cruelty of hatred, but with justice administered with moderation, lest forgiveness without satisfaction do more harm to the sinner than punishment." - Against Adamants 17.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleIV, 24https://augustinianspirituality.org/2020/08/10/the-rule-of-saint-augustine/#10
Advocacy"You say, the times are troublesome, the times are burdensome, the times are miserable. Live rightly and you will change the times. The times have never hurt anyone. Those who are hurt are human beings; those by whom they are hurt are also human beings. So, change human beings and the times will be changed." - Sermon 311, 8.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Anger"If love is life, hatred is death. When a person begins to fear that he may hate the one he used to love, he is afraid of death and the death he fears is one more dreadful because it is a death that slays not the body but the soul. What harm can an angry person do to you in view of the security the Lord gave you when he said 'Do not be afraid of those who kill the body'? In his rage the enemy may kill the body, but by hating him you have killed the soul. He killed the body of another; you have killed your own soul." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 54, 7).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 49None
Apathy"Scattered about the entire earth, your mother the Church is tormented by the assaults of error. She is also afflicted by the laziness and indifference of so many of the children she carries around in her bosom as well as by the sight of so many of her members growing cold, while she becomes less able to help her little ones" - Letter 243, 8.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Apathy"You say, the times are troublesome, the times are burdensome, the times are miserable. Live rightly and you will change the times. The times have never hurt anyone. Those who are hurt are human beings, those by whom they are hurt are also human beings. So, change human beings and the times will be changed." - Sermon 311, 8.Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 223.IV, 26
Attachments"In a building nothing comes before the foundation. Thus, whoever has Christ in his heart in such a way as to place nothing ahead of him, nothing earthly or temporal, even of those things that are licit and permissible, has Christ as his foundation." - Saint Augustine (City of God, XX, 16).Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" - 30 September 2020
Attachments"In this life there are two loves in conflict: the love for this world and the love of God. Whichever wins out draws the lover like gravity in its direction. It is not through feet or wings but by desire that we come to God. And it is not by some physical bond or iron chain that we are bound to earth. We are bound simply by our desire for the things of earth." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 344, 1).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5Nonehttps://augustinianspirituality.org/2020/08/10/the-rule-of-saint-augustine/#26
Attachments"Let us always desire the happy life from the Lord God and always pray for it. But for this very reason we turn our mind to the task of prayer at appointed hours, since that desire grows lukewarm, so to speak, from our involvement in other concerns and occupations. We remind ourselves through the words of prayer to focus our attention on the object of our desire; otherwise, the desire that began to grow lukewarm may grow chill altogether and may be totally extinguished unless it is repeatedly stirred into flame." - Saint Augustine (Letter to Proba)Saint AugustineLiturgy of the Hours, Monday 29th Week of OT, 412 None
Attachments"The world continues to grab at us, enticing us with its charms. We like lots of money, we like splendid honors, we like the power to dominate others. We like all these things, but lets keep in mind the words of the apostle: 'We brought nothing into this world, neither can we take anything out' (1 Timothy 6:7). Honor should be looking for you, not you for it." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 39, 2).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Attachments"This present world (which we call 'Babylon') has its lovers. They hope for peace on earth and find all their joy in earthly peace and do not go beyond it. But, dear friends, take note of what these 'rivers of Babylon' are. They are all things that humans love on earth, things which quickly flow away." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 136, 2).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 39.Psalm 136None
Attachments"When I asked the earth, it responded 'I am not God.' When I asked the water and the deep, they resounded: 'We are not your God. Look above us.' When I asked the heavens, the sun, the moon, the stars: 'Nor are we the God you seek,' they said. To allof them I said: 'Speak to me of my God. If you are not he, tell me something about him.' Loudly they exclaimed: 'It is he who made us.' The heavens, the earth, and everything that is in them, all these things tell me to love you" - Saint Augustine (Confessions 10, 6).Saint AugustineThe Corona PrayerNoneThe Confessions 10, 6
Evangelization"Do not look to your own interests; have charity, proclaim truth. Thus you will reach the eternity where you will find freedom from care, and tranquility." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 78, 6)Saint AugustineProvince Facebook Post, 31 Aug 21None
Truth (Veritas)"Do not look to your own interests; have charity, proclaim truth. Thus you will reach the eternity where you will find freedom from care, and tranquility." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 78, 6)Saint AugustineProvince Facebook Post, 31 Aug 21None
Charity (Caritas)"Do not look to your own interests; have charity, proclaim truth. Thus you will reach the eternity where you will find freedom from care, and tranquility." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 78, 6)Saint AugustineProvince Facebook Post, 31 Aug 21None
Charity (Caritas)"Christ who is rich in heaven chose to be hugry in the poor. Yet in your humanity you hesitate to give to your fellow human being. Don’t you realize that what you give, you give to Christ, from whom you received whatever you have to give in the first place." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 75,9)Saint AugustineUnknownPsalm 75None
Charity (Caritas)"God does not demand much of you. He asks back what he gave you, and from him you take what is enough for you. The superfluities of the rich are the necessities of the poor. When you possess superfluities, you possess what belongs to others." - Saint Augustine (Exposition on Psalm 147, 12).Saint AugustineUnknownPsalm 147None
Charity (Caritas)"If you would be safe from your enemy, learn to love him. Make charity grow in yourself, for it will shape you and restore you in God's image. When your charity extends to your enemies, you will resemble the One who makes his sun rise not only on the good but on good and evil, and waters not only the field of the good man, but the field of the just and the sinner alike" - Saint Augustine (On Psalm 99, 5)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" 28 September 2020Psalm 99None
Charity (Caritas)"If, as St. Paul says, Faith profits us nothing without Charity (1 Corinthians 13:2) and Charity must always be active wherever it is found, then Faith itself leads to good works by choosing to love. How then is it possible for anyone to be justified by Faith apart from works?" - Saint Augustine (Commentary on PSalm 31/2, 6)Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5Psalm 31None
Charity (Caritas)"In loving others, and caring for them, you are on a journey. Where is journey's end if not the Lord our God, the One we should love with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind? We have not yet reached him, but our neighbor is here at our side. Look after this companion of your pilgrimage if you would reach the One whom you desire to be with forever" - Saint Augustine (On John's Gospel 17, 9)Saint AugustineNone
Charity (Caritas)"Love is the only signs that distinguishes the children of God from the children of the devil. To provide this, let them all sign themselves with the cross of Christ. Let them all respond: Amen. Let all sing: Alleluia. Let all build the walls of churches. There is still no way of discerning the children of God from the children of the devil except by love!" - Sermon on 1 John 5, 7.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Charity (Caritas)"The more you progress in charity the more you will resemble God, and the more you will begin to experience him" - Saint Augustine (On Psalm 99, 5)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today", 21 September 2020Psalm 99V, 31
Charity (Caritas)"The present condition of the human race is symbolized by that man described in Scripture who was robbed by bandits and left lying half-dead in a ditch. He was ignored by the passing crowd until a passing Samaritan stopped and took care of him. His rescuer was a Samaritan, a foreigner far removed from him in nationality who became a neighbor by showing mercy. Our Lord Jesus wants us to understand that the Good Samaritan in the story represents himself." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 171, 2)Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 50.None
Charity (Caritas)"We brought nothing into this world. You have come into the world, you found a full table spread for you. But the Lord's is the earth and its fullness. God bestows the world on the poor, he bestows it on the rich." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 29, 2).Saint AugustineUnknownNone
Charity (Caritas)“For charity, as it is written, is not self seeking (1 Cor. 13:5) meaning that it places the common good before its own, not its own before the common good” – The Rule of Augustine V, 31.Saint AugustineNone
Charity (Caritas)“Nobody should be afraid of spending money on the poor. Nobody should imagine that the one who receives it is the one whose outstretched hand he sees. The one who receives it is the one who ordered you to give it.” - Saint Augusitne (Sermon 86, 3)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" 24 April 2020 None
Charity (Caritas)“The love of God is first in the order of commandment, but the love of neighbor is first in the order of action … In loving your neighbor, and in being concerned about your neighbor, you get going. Where are you going, except to the Lord God” – On the Gospel of John 17, 8-9.Saint AugustineNone
Charity (Caritas)“When you love Christ’s members you love Christ himself. When you love Christ you love the Son of God. When you love the Son of God, you love the Father. Love cannot be split up. Begin loving somewhere, and the rest will follow” - On the Letter of John 10, 3.Saint AugustineNone
Charity (Caritas)“Whenever you show greater concern for the common good than for your own, you may know that you are growing in charity” – The Rule V, 31.Saint AugustineNonehttps://augustinianspirituality.org/2020/08/10/the-rule-of-saint-augustine/#31
Charity (Caritas)“You give bread to a hungry person; but it would be better were no one hungry, and you could give it to no one. You clothe the naked person. Would that all were clothed and this necessity did not exist.” - Tractate 1 John 8, 8.Saint AugustineNone
Charity (Caritas)Go on making use of your special, expensive foods, because you have got into the habit of them, because if you change your habits you get sick. Go on making use of your superfluities, but give the poor their necessities. He looks to you, you look to God. He looks to a hand that was made as he was, you look to a hand that made you. But it didn’t only make you, it also made the poor man with you. He gave you both this life as a single road to travel along. You have found yourselves companions, walking along the same road; he’s carrying nothing, you have an excessive load. He’s carrying nothing with him, you are carrying more than you need. You are overloaded; give him some of what you’ve got. At a stroke, you feed him and lessen your load. So give to the poor; I’m begging you, I’m warning you, I’m commanding you, I’m ordering you. Give to the poor whatever you like." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 61,12-13)Saint AugustineUnknownNone
Civil Service“Every earthly state makes use of some of the citizens of the ‘City of God’ to administer its affairs. How many of the faithful are there among its loyal subjects and its magistrates, its judges, generals, governors and even among those who have been kings? All these are good people, keeping deep in their hearts the longing for the glorious things of heaven. In a way they are like foreigners in a society that will pass away, but in the meantime (under the command of God) they serve their earthly masters conscientiously” – Commentary on Psalm 61, 8.Saint AugustinePsalm 61None
Civil Service“We call those Christian rulers happy who govern with justice, never forgetting that they are only human. They think of sovereignty as a ministry of God, and they fear and worship God. They are slow to punish and quick to forgive. They temper with mercy and generosity the unavoidable harshness of their commands. They are all the more in control of their sinful desires because they are freer to indulge them. They prefer to rule their own passions more than to rule the peoples of the world. They rule not out of vain glory but out of love for everlasting bliss. They offer to God the humble sacrifice of their repentance and prayer. In this life they are happy in their hope and are destined to be truly happy when the eternal day comes for which we all hope” – City of God, 5.24.Saint AugustineNone
Common Good"Essentially, there are two kinds of people, because there are two kinds of love. One is holy the other is selfish. One is subject to God; the other endeavors to equal Him. One is friendly; the other is envious. One wishes for the neighbor what it would wish for itself; the other wishes to subject the neighbor to itself. One guides the neighbor in the interests of the neighbor's good; the other guides the neighbor for its own interests." - The Literal Meaning of Genesis 11, 15.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Common Good"Let us strive to rejoice in the true inheritance which belongs to all rather than in what is just our own, so that those who live, as the apostle puts it, may live no longer just for themselves, but for him who died and rose again for all" - Saint Augustine (Letter 140, 68)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" - Sep 16, 2020None
Common Good"Moreover, this is the rule of love: the good that we desire for ourselves we desire for our neighbor also; and the evil that we are unwilling to undergo we wish o prevent from happening to our neighbor. All who love God will have such a desire toward everybody." - True Religion 87.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Common GoodGo on making use of your special, expensive foods, because you have got into the habit of them, because if you change your habits you get sick. Go on making use of your superfluities, but give the poor their necessities. He looks to you, you look to God. He looks to a hand that was made as he was, you look to a hand that made you. But it didn’t only make you, it also made the poor man with you. He gave you both this life as a single road to travel along. You have found yourselves companions, walking along the same road; he’s carrying nothing, you have an excessive load. He’s carrying nothing with him, you are carrying more than you need. You are overloaded; give him some of what you’ve got. At a stroke, you feed him and lessen your load. So give to the poor; I’m begging you, I’m warning you, I’m commanding you, I’m ordering you. Give to the poor whatever you like." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 61,12-13)Saint AugustineUnknownNone
Community"Essentially, there are two kinds of people, because there are two kinds of love. One is holy the other is selfish. One is subject to God; the other endeavors to equal Him. One is friendly; the other is envious. One wishes for the neighbor what it would wish for itself; the other wishes to subject the neighbor to itself. One guides the neighbor in the interests of the neighbor's good; the other guides the neighbor for its own interests." - The Literal Meaning of Genesis 11, 15.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Community“Let all of you then live together in oneness of mind and heart, mutually honoring God in yourselves, whose temples you have become” – The Rule of Augustine I, 9None
Community“Let us bear each other’s burdens in this life so that we can achieve that life that has no burdens. Take the example of deer. When deer swim across a channel to an island in search of pasture they line themselves up in such a way that the weight of their antlers is burne by another. The one behind, by extending its neck places its head on the one in front. Since the one at the head of the line has no one to support its head, when it tires it gives up its place to the one behind and retreats to the last place in line. Through this method of bearing one another’s burden they are able to cross the channel to the island. It is an example of the truth that bearing a friend’s burden is the best proof of friendship” – 83 Various Questions, 71.1None
Community“Whenever you show greater concern for the common good than for your own, you may know that you are growing in charity” – The Rule V, 31.Saint AugustineNone
Contemplation"God satisfies the seeker according to the seeker's capacity; and the capacity of the finder he enlarges, so that the finder will seek the further fulfilment of which he now begins to be capable." - Saint Augustine (On the Gospel of John 63, 1).Saint AugustineProvince Facebook Post, 2 Sep 21None
Contemplation"Let us leave a little room for reflection in our lives, room too for silence. Let us look within ourselves and see whether there is some delightful hidden place inside where we can be free of noise and argument. Let us hear the Word of God in stillness and perhaps we will then come to understand it." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 52, 22).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Contemplation"Martha and Mary were sisters related by blood and equal in holiness. Both were dedicated to the Lord. Martha welcomed him as travelers are welcomed. She was the maidservant receiving her Master, the invalid receiving her healer. You are indeed blessed, Martha, because of your service, by your seeking peace through good works. But when you come to the heavenly homeland you will find no traveler to welcome, no one hungry to feed, no thirst to relieve, no sick to visit, no quarrelers to reconcile, no dead to bury. There will be none of these tasks there. What Mary chose in this life will be realized there in all its fullness. 'The Lord will make his servants sit down and he will wait on them." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 103, 2 & 6).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 166None
Contemplation"The subject of our meditation in this present life should be the praises of God; for the everlasting exaltation of our life hereafter will be the praise of God, and none can become fit for the life hereafter, who has not practised himself for it now." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 148, 1)Saint AugustineNewadvent.orgPsalm 148None
Contemplation“No person should spend so much time in contemplation that they ignore the needs of the neighbor. No person should spend so much time absorbed in action that they dispense with contemplation of God” – City of God, 19.19Saint AugustineNone
Conversion"Certainly, even the impious and unjust seek God, so that after they have found Him they may no more be impious or unjust. But how are they already blessed while they are still seeking Him? They are happy by their hope not because of what they have but because of what they will have. They are happy, not because they seek God but because they will find what they seek." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 138, 2-3).Saint Augustine"Augustine by Day" - Rotelle - Oct 14Psalm 138None
Conversion"Late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient and yet so new, late have I loved you. You were always there inside me and I was running around outside. I was looking for you out there, and confused as I was, I threw myself upon those beautiful things that you had made. You were always in me, but I was not always in you. Created things kept me apart from you even though they themselves could only exist in you. You called and shouted and finally broke through my deafness. You blazed forth and shone brightly and finally broke through my blindness." - Saint Augustine, Confessions 10.27.38Saint AugustineNone
Conversion"Some delude themselves because of God's mercy. They say: 'I still have a little time left to live how I like. Why shouldn't I live how I like as much as I like and then turn to God later? After all, God has promised to pardon me.' I respond, 'True, but he has not promised that you are going to be alive tommorrow." - Saint Augustien (Sermon 339, 7).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Conversion"The great God has made us humans the loveliest ornaments of the earth. Oh, it is true that we must someday die, but in our present life God has given us some marvelous gifts that enhance our pilgrimage through time. Most important of all, we have the promise from our lovely Lord that if we use well the good things he has given us here, we shall receive a fantastic life later on. Beyond death we shall receive peace and all the healing grace and final glory that go with it. Best of all, we shall know that this great gift of peace will be everlasting. Our joy will never end." - Saint Augustine (City of God, 19.13)Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Death"Will these ashes one day take on the form of beauty, be restored to life, restored to light? The bodies of all of us, of me who now speaks to you and of you who now listen, all of us in a few years will be ashes, and yet a few years ago we were not even ashes. If he was able to create what did not exist, will he not be able to remake what once existed?" - Saint Augustine (Sermon, 361, 12).Saint AugustineThe Corona PrayerNone
Death“Through his resurrection he is the proof for the life we will live after death. If Jesus had not come as a human being all we would know about human life is that we are born and we die. Jesus took upon himself the human condition we know and gave us a proof of the eternal life we do not know” – Commentary on Psalm 60, 4.Saint AugustinePsalm 60None
Desire"God stretches our desire through delay, stretches our soul through desire, and makes it large enough by stretching it. Let us desire, then, because we have to be filled." - Saint Augustine (On the First Letter of John, 4)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Today in Augustine", 27 September 2020None
Desire"I implore you to love with me and, by believing, to run with me; let us long for our heavenly country, let us sigh for our heavenly home, let us truly feel that here we are strangers." - Saint Augustine (Treatise on John 35, 8-9).Saint AugustineBreviary, Tuesday 34th Week in OT, p. 591None
Desire"In this life there are two loves in conflict: the love for this world and the love of God. Whichever wins out draws the lover like gravity in its direction. It is not through feet or wings but by desire that we come to God. And it is not by some physical bond or iron chain that we are bound to earth. We are bound simply by our desire for the things of earth." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 344, 1).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Desire"Seek what is better than you are so that you can be made better by it. If you desire gold, you may or may not obtain it. But you can always possess God whenever you wish." - Commentary on Psalm 32, 16.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotellePsalm 32None
Desire"The entire life of a good Christian is a holy desire. What you desire, however, you don't yet see. But by desiring you are made large enough, so that, when there comes what you should see, you may be filled" - Saint Augustine (On the First Letter of John, 4)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Today in Augustine", 19 September 2020None
Desire“Longing is always a prayer, even though the tongue is silent. If you are longing without interruption, then you are always praying. When does our prayer sleep? Only when our desire cools” – Sermon 80, 7.Saint AugustineNone
Difficult People"All who love their brothers and sisters put up with everything for the sake of unity, because neighborly love consists in the unity of love. Suppose an evil person would offend you, or one whom you judge to be evil or even only image to be so. Would you, abandon so many others who are good?" - Sermon on 1 John 1, 12.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleVI, 42
Difficult People"Essentially, the distinguishing mark of those who strive after Christian perfection is that they love the sinner and detest only sins. When they must avenge wrongdoing, they do so, not with the cruelty of hatred, but with justice administered with moderation, lest forgiveness without satisfaction do more harm to the sinner than punishment." - Against Adamants 17.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Difficult People"Have compassion of man, O man, and God will have compassion on you. You are a man, and he is a man - two unhappy creatures. God is not unhappy; he is merciful. If the unhappy have no compassion on the unhappy, how can he ask for mercy from him who shall never know unhappiness? If you wish to receive mercy from God, then, be merciful. If you deny the humanity of your fellow man, God will deny you his divinizing grace" - Saint Augustine, Sermon 259, 4.Saint AugustineNone
Difficult People"Let there be in mild-mannered and humble spirits a compassionate ease in forgiving. Let the one who has done an injury ask pardon; let the one who has suffered injury grand pardon; so that we may not be possessed by Satan, whose triumph is the discord of Christians" - Saint Augustine (Sermon 210, 2)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" 6 March 2021None
Difficult People"Now what does 'let him take up his cross mean?' Put up with all that is annoying: that is how they must follow Me. To tell the truth, when they follow Me, imitating My conduct and keeping My commandments, they will have many who will try to oppose them, forbid them, dissuade them, and this will be done by those same people who appear to be followers of Christ." - Sermon 96, 4.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Difficult People"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" - Saint Augustine, Sermon 19, 2Saint AugustineAugustinian.org Augustine for Today August 7, 2020None
Difficult People"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 our friend. Our attitude towards others should be such that the possibility of taking them into our friendship remains open" - Saint Augustine (On Diverse Questions, 83, 71)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" - August 13, 2020None
Difficult People“Where there is no envy or fear, differences, far from creating divisions, foster harmony.” —St. Augustine, Holy Virginity, 29Saint Augustinehttps://malvernprep.schoolforms.org/file/about-us/Augustine-21stCLearning.pdfNone
Discernment"Love and do what you will. If you keep silence, do it out of love. If you cry out, do it out of love. If you refrain from punishing, do it out of love." - Sermon on 1 John 7, 8.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Discernment“Let us leave a little room for reflection, room too for silence. Enter into yourself and leave behind all noise and confusion. Look within yourself.” - Saint Augustine (Sermon 52, 22)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" 16 June 2020 None
Discrimination"Essentially, there are two kinds of people, because there are two kinds of love. One is holy the other is selfish. One is subject to God; the other endeavors to equal Him. One is friendly; the other is envious. One wishes for the neighbor what it would wish for itself; the other wishes to subject the neighbor to itself. One guides the neighbor in the interests of the neighbor's good; the other guides the neighbor for its own interests." - The Literal Meaning of Genesis 11, 15.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Discrimination"In loving others, and caring for them, you are on a journey. Where is journey's end if not the Lord our God, the One we should love with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind? We have not yet reached him, but our neighbor is here at our side. Look after this companion of your pilgrimage if you would reach the One whom you desire to be with forever" - Saint Augustine (On John's Gospel 17, 9)Saint AugustineNone
Easter"After his resurrection Jesus asked Peter, 'Do you love me more than the rest?' and Peter answered, 'You know Lord that I love you!' Jesus then charged him, 'Feed my lambs, feed my sheep.' The Lord questioned Peter three times in the same way so that his three-fold confession might cancel the threefold denial he had made on the evening of Holy Thursday. He was questioned about his love first and only then were Christ's sheep (his church and all its members) entrusted to him." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 229P, 1-4).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 86VII, 46
Easter"See him whose hands and feet were pierced by nails, whose bones were numbered as they hung upon the wood, and for whose garments they cast lots. See him reigning, whom they saw hanging on the cross; see him enthroned in heaven, whom they espised when he walked on the earth." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 47, 7).Saint AugustineBreviary, 19th Week in OT Wednesday, p. 103.None
Easter"The days before Easter signify the life that we live now with all its trials and troubles. The days after Easter signify the happy days that lie beyond death. What we commemorate before Easter is what we experience in this life, what we celebrate after Easter points to something we do not yet possess." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 148, 1-2).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 49None
Education"There is a great mystery, my friends, in my attempts to teach you. The sound of my words may strike your ears but the real teacher is inside you. You really do not learn anything from another human being. Oh, I can suggest some truths throught he sound of my voice, but if the Divine Teacher is not in you, the sounds I make are empty. It is the Divine Master within who teaches you. It is Christ who teaches you and if you do not hear his words surrounding within, any words blaring from outside are useless clatter." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on the Epistle of John, 3.13.2).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Education“Friendship begins in the home with the married couple and their children and from there moves on to strangers. But since we all have one father and mother (Adam and Eve) who can be a stranger? Every human being is neighbor to every other human being. Even those you do not know share in your humanity. Is this person known as a friend? Let them stay as a friend. Is this person your enemy? Let them become a friend” – Sermon 229D, 1.Saint AugustineNone
Education“The sound of my words strikes the ears, and the Master is within. Do not suppose that any human is the teacher of another. We can admonish by the sound of our voice; but unless there is one who teaches on the inside, the sound we make is futile.” - Saint Augustine (On 1 John 3, 12)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Today with Augustine" 17 May 2020 None
Enemies"If love is life, hatred is death. When a person begins to fear that he may hate the one he used to love, he is afraid of death and the death he fears is one more dreadful because it is a death that slays not the body but the soul. What harm can an angry person do to you in view of the security the Lord gave you when he said 'Do not be afraid of those who kill the body'? In his rage the enemy may kill the body, but by hating him you have killed the soul. He killed the body of another; you have killed your own soul." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 54, 7).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 49Psalm 54None
Enemies"If you would be safe from your enemy, learn to love him. Make charity grow in yourself, for it will shape you and restore you in God's image. When your charity extends to your enemies, you will resemble the One who makes his sun rise not only on the good but on good and evil, and waters not only the field of the good man, but the field of the just and the sinner alike" - Saint Augustine (On Psalm 99, 5)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" 28 September 2020None
Enemies“A Christian should not try to glory over others. If you wish to be better than another, you will begin to envy him when you see that he is your equal. You should wish that everyone be your equal. If for the moment you are superior to another in moral wisdom, you should wish that they too should be morally wise. As long as a student knows little, he learns from you; as long as he is untaught, he needs your teaching. For the time being you are superior because you are the teacher and he is still learning. If you do not wish him someday to be equal to you, he will always be a learner. If this is your desire, you will be an envious teacher but how then can you be called a teacher at all?”Saint AugustineNone
Environment"God made both the rich and the poor. So the rich and the poor are born alike. You meet one another as you walk on the way together. Do not oppress or defraud anyone. One may be needy and another may have plenty. But the Lord is the marker of them both. Through the person who has, He helps the one who needs; and through the person who does not have, He tests the one who has." - Sermon 35, 7.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Environment"We brought nothing into this world. You have come into the world, you found a full table spread for you. But the Lord's is the earth and its fullness. God bestows the world on the poor, he bestows it on the rich." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 29, 2).Saint AugustineUnknownNone
Environment"When I asked the earth, it responded 'I am not God.' When I asked the water and the deep, they resounded: 'We are not your God. Look above us.' When I asked the heavens, the sun, the moon, the stars: 'Nor are we the God you seek,' they said. To allof them I said: 'Speak to me of my God. If you are not he, tell me something about him.' Loudly they exclaimed: 'It is he who made us.' The heavens, the earth, and everything that is in them, all these things tell me to love you" - Saint Augustine (Confessions 10, 6).Saint AugustineThe Corona PrayerNone
Environment"Your creation praises you so taht we love you, and we love you so that your creation praises you." - Saint Augustine (Confessions XIII 33, 48)Saint AugustineNoneXIII 33, 48
Environment“For charity, as it is written, is not self seeking (1 Cor. 13:5) meaning that it places the common good before its own, not its own before the common good” – The Rule of Augustine V, 31.Saint AugustineNone
Environment“Whenever you show greater concern for the common good than for your own, you may know that you are growing in charity” – The Rule V, 31Saint AugustineNone
Eucharist"Let us come to this Supper and be filled to satiety. And who have come to this Supper except the beggars, the sick, the lame, and the blind? Let the beggars come, for He invites us who became poor for our sakes. Let the sick come, for it is not the healthy who need a physical but the sick. Let the blind come and say to Him: "Give light to my eyes lest I sleep in death." - Sermon 112, 8.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Eucharist"Now when you receive communion, you receive the mystery of your own communion in love. Being many, you are one body. Many grapes hang on the vine, but the juice of grapes is mingled into oneness. Therefore, be what you see, and receive what you are." - Sermon on John 26, 13.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Evangelization"Lord, you frighten me! You demand from me what you gave me. You gave me my talents because you want to profit from them. You don't want them hidden away in some secret place. You don't want to get back only what you gave me. You want more. You want back all your money, every coin that bears your image-.e.g., every human soul that ever existed." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 125, 8).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Evangelization"What you procure for yourself you must also obtain for your neighbor, so that he may also love God with a perfect love. You do not love your neighbor as yourself unless you try to lead him to the same good towards which you are striving. It is a question of a good which does not grow smaller because everybody is searching for it with you." - Saint Augustine (On the Customs of the Catholic Church, 49)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" 25 September 2020None
Faith"How will you be able to lift up your heart to God? Does your heart not need first to be healed before you can come to see God? Are you not revealing your pride when you cry out 'First let me see and then I will be healed?" - Commentary on Psalm 39, 21Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5Psalm 39None
Faith"The Lord was crucified between two bandits. One of those bandits came to believe in Jesus. He said to his fellow robber (who had made fun of Jesus): 'We are suffering these things for our evil deeds, but this man is the Holy One of God.' Then he said to Jesus, 'Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.' What faith! He coudl see Jesus dying next to him and yet hoped that someday Jesus would reign over him. Dismas was a great man! He took the kingdom of heaven by storm. Where did he learn his great Faith? Jesus was dying by his side but he was already teaching him in the depths of his heart." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 328, 7).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 77None
Faith"To have Faith means only this: to think with assent." - Saint Augustine (Predestination of the Saints, 2.5)Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 11.
Faith“Longing is always a prayer, even though the tongue is silent. If you are longing without interruption, then you are always praying. When does our prayer sleep? Only when our desire cools” – Sermon 80, 7Saint AugustineNone
Faith“The fullness of faith is to believe that Christ is both man and God. (Thomas) was offered the scars of his Savior to touch and when he touched them he exclaimed ‘My Lord and my God!’ He touched the man, he recognized God.” - Saint Augustine (Sermon 258, 3)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" 11 April 2020None
Family“Friendship begins in the home with the married couple and their children and from there moves on to strangers. But since we all have one father and mother (Adam and Eve) who can be a stranger? Every human being is neighbor to every other human being. Even those you do not know share in your humanity. Is this person known as a friend? Let them stay as a friend. Is this person your enemy? Let them become a friend” – Sermon 229D, 1.Saint AugustineNone
Family“Whenever you show greater concern for the common good than for your own, you may know that you are growing in charity” – The Rule V, 31Saint AugustineNone
Fear"Whoever goes to Christ goes from fear to love." - Saint Augustine (Confessions IV, 14, 22)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" 26 September 2020NoneConfessions IV
Forgiveness"Driven out of paradise by you and exiled in a distant land, by myself I cannot return unless you come to meet me in my wandering. My return is based on hope in your mercy during all of my earthly life. My only hope, the only source of confidence, the only solid promise is your mercy" - Saint Augustine (Discourses on the Psalms, 24, 5).Saint AugustineThe Corona PrayerPsalm 24None
Forgiveness"Have compassion of man, O man, and God will have compassion on you. You are a man, and he is a man - two unhappy creatures. God is not unhappy; he is merciful. If the unhappy have no compassion on the unhappy, how can he ask for mercy from him who shall never know unhappiness? If you wish to receive mercy from God, then, be merciful. If you deny the humanity of your fellow man, God will deny you his divinizing grace" - Saint Augustine, Sermon 259, 4.Saint AugustineNone
Forgiveness"Let there be in mild-mannered and humble spirits a compassionate ease in forgiving. Let the one who has done an injury ask pardon; let the one who has suffered injury grand pardon; so that we may not be possessed by Satan, whose triumph is the discord of Christians" - Saint Augustine (Sermon 210, 2)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" 6 March 2021None
Friendship"Bad brother or sister, quarrelsome brother or sister, you are still my brother or sister. You say, just as I say, 'Our Father, Who art in heaven.' Why, then, are we not together in one? It is not a friend, not a neighbor, who orders us to be in harmony, but rather He to Whom we say, 'Our Father.' We have together one voice before our Father. Why do we not have one peace together?" - Saint Augustine (Sermon on John 26, 11).Saint Augustine"Augustine By Day" by Rotelle Oct 15None
Friendship"In order to be a friend of somebody, there is a need first of all to be a friend of truth." - Saint Augustine (Letter 155, 1)Saint AugustineBoff, Clodovis M, "The Way of the Communion of Goods: The Rule of St. Augustine", 49None
Friendship"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 our friend. Our attitude towards others should be such that the possibility of taking them into our friendship remains open" - Saint Augustine (On Diverse Questions, 83, 71)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" - August 13, 2020None
Friendship“Friendship begins in the home with the married couple and their children and from there moves on to strangers. But since we all have one father and mother (Adam and Eve) who can be a stranger? Every human being is neighbor to every other human being. Even those you do not know share in your humanity. Is this person known as a friend? Let them stay as a friend. Is this person your enemy? Let them become a friend” – Sermon 229D, 1.Saint AugustineNone
Friendship“Indeed there can be no full and true agreement about things human among friends who disagree about things divine because it necessarily follows that he who despises things divine esteems things human otherwise than he should, and that whoever does not love Him who made man has not learned to love man aright.” – Letter 258, 1-2.Saint AugustineNone
Friendship“Let us bear each other’s burdens in this life so that we can achieve that life that has no burdens. Take the example of deer. When deer swim across a channel to an island in search of pasture they line themselves up in such a way that the weight of their antlers is burne by another. The one behind, by extending its neck places its head on the one in front. Since the one at the head of the line has no one to support its head, when it tires it gives up its place to the one behind and retreats to the last place in line. Through this method of bearing one another’s burden they are able to cross the channel to the island. It is an example of the truth that bearing a friend’s burden is the best proof of friendship” – 83 Various Questions, 71.1Saint AugustineNone
FriendshipIf poverty pinches, if grief saddens, if pain overcomes us, if exile darkens our life, if any other misfortune fills us with foreboding, let there be good friends at hand who know how to ’weep with them that weep’ as well as ‘rejoice with them that rejoice.'With such good friends such bitter trials are lessened, the heavy burdens are lightened, the obstacles are met and overcome.” - Saint Augustine (Letter 130, 2.4).Saint AugustineNone
Friendship"We joked, we went deep into our conversations. If we sometimes disagreed, it was without malice, as someone might disagree with himself. Our rare disputes helped remind us of our usual harmony. Each had something to learn from the others, and something to teach in return. If any were absent, we would look forward to their return. We would be glad to see them back. Such were the signs of friendship, springing from hearts that loved and knew that they were loved, signs to be read in smiles, in glances, in words, and in countless gestures of friendship. So our hearts were set alight by the flame of friendship. And many minds were united as one." - Saint Augustine (Confessions, 4, 4, 5-6).Saint AugustineConfessions, O'Rourke, p. 138NoneConfessions IV
Grief"What is withered in you will flower again. Your sickness will be healed. What is fading will be made fresh again. What is unsteady will be made firm and strong. And all that is weak in you will not drag you to the grave, But your wholeness will abide, binding you to God, who remains strong and abides forever." - Saint Augustine (Confessions, 4, 11, 3)Saint AugustineConfessions, O'Rourke, p. 143NoneConfessions IV
Holy Spirit"This excellent guest finds you empty and fills you, he finds you hungry and thirsty and satisfies you abundantly. God the Holy Spirit, who comes from God, when he enters into a man, draws him to the love of God and neighbor. Indeed, he is love itself" - Saint Augustine (Sermon, 225, 4).Saint AugustineThe Corona PrayerNone
Holy Week"Patients insane with anger sometimes strike their doctors. If they are very strong, they may even kill the one who seeks to cure them. Our Doctor (Jesus) was not afraid of being killed by his insane patients. Indeed, through his death he brought the remedy for their frenzy. Notice how he did not get angry with those who injured him. He felt sorry for them and wanted to heal them as they raged against him. Hanging on the cross, he looked at those who were venting their rage against him and prayed: 'Father, forgive them because they do not know what they are doing." - Saint Augusitne (Sermon 360B, 18).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 213-214None
Holy Week"The Lord was crucified between two bandits. One of those bandits came to believe in Jesus. He said to his fellow robber (who had made fun of Jesus): 'We are suffering these things for our evil deeds, but this man is the Holy One of God.' Then he said to Jesus, 'Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.' What faith! He coudl see Jesus dying next to him and yet hoped that someday Jesus would reign over him. Dismas was a great man! He took the kingdom of heaven by storm. Where did he learn his great Faith? Jesus was dying by his side but he was already teaching him in the depths of his heart." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 328, 7).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 77None
Hope"Driven out of paradise by you and exiled in a distant land, by myself I cannot return unless you come to meet me in my wandering. My return is based on hope in your mercy during all of my earthly life. My only hope, the only source of confidence, the only solid promise is your mercy" - Saint Augustine (Discourses on the Psalms, 24, 5).Saint AugustineThe Corona PrayerNone
Hope"Hope is a necessity for us in these days of exile from heaven. It is our consolation on the journey. When a traveler gets tired of walking along the dusty road, he puts up with fatigue because he hopes to arrive home. Rob him of any hope of arriving and immediately his strength for walking is broken. So too, the hope for heaven which we have now is an important factor easing the pain of our just exile and sometimes harsh journey." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 158, 8).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Hope"Our faith is strengthened by the resurrection of Christ. The passion of Christ represents the misery of our present life, while the resurrection of Christ gives us a brilliant glimpse of the happiness of the future life. Let us apply ourselves energetically in the present life, and hope in the future. Now is the time for the painful struggle; then will come the recompense" - Saint Augustine (Sermon, 233, 1)Saint AugustineThe Corona PrayerNone
Hope"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" - Saint Augustine, Sermon 19, 2Saint AugustineAugustinian.org Augustine for Today August 7, 2020None
Hope"We shall see, we shall love, we shall praise. Our vision will not fail, our love will never end, and our praise will never fall silent. Love sings now; then, too, it is love that will sing. But not it is a yearning love that sings, then it will be an enjoying love" - Saint Augustine (Sermon, 254, 6).Saint AugustineThe Corona PrayerNone
Hope“Longing is always a prayer, even though the tongue is silent. If you are longing without interruption, then you are always praying. When does our prayer sleep? Only when our desire cools” – Sermon 80, 7.None
Humility"Blessed are the poor in spirit. What does poor in spirit mean? Being poor in wishes, not in means. One who is poor in spirit, you see, is humble; and God hears the groans of the humble and doesn't despise their prayers." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 53A).Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Today in Augustine" - October 3, 2020None
Humility"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" - Saint Augustine (Sermon 304, 1-4)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Today in Augustine" - August 11, 2020None
Humility"Christ invites us to enter heaven when he says, 'Enter by the narrow door.' You make an effort to enter but your swollen head prevents you. The door's narrowness irritates your swollen head and the irritation makes it swell all the more. You must get the swelling down if you want to enter. But how are you to do that? You must accept the medicine of humility. Your bulk is swollen, not big. If it is big it is solid; if it is swollen it is just os much empty air. Get the swelling down to be genuinly big. Do this by not taking pride int he pomp and circumstance of things that slip away and crumble into nothing." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 142, 5).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 202.None
Humility"Exalted is the fatherland, humble the way. The fatherland is the life of Christ, his death is the way. The fatherland is above where Christ dwells with the Father, his suffering is the way. If anyone rejects the way, how can he seek the fatherland?" - Saint Augustine (On John's Gospel, 28, 5).Saint AugustineNone
Humility"Grasp the truth of God by using the way He Himself provides, since He sees the weakness of our footsteps. That way consists first, of humility, second, of humility, and third, or humility. Unless humility precede, accompany, and follow up all the good we accomplish, unless we keep our eyes fixed on it, pride will snatch everything right out of our hands." - Letter 118, 22.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Humility"Let there be in mild-mannered and humble spirits a compassionate ease in forgiving. Let the one who has done an injury ask pardon; let the one who has suffered injury grand pardon; so that we may not be possessed by Satan, whose triumph is the discord of Christians" - Saint Augustine (Sermon 210, 2)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" 6 March 2021None
Humility"The teacher of humility, who shared our weakness and gave us a share in his own divinity, came to earth in order to teach us the way, even to be the Way himself. It was his humility, above all else, that he impressed upon us. He willingly submitted to baptism at the hands of one of his servants, so that we might learn to confess our own sins and to beome weak in order to be truly strong, repeating with the apostle: 'When I am weak, then I am strong.'" - Saint Augustine (Exposition of the Psalms, 58).Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today", 9 Nov 20Psalm 58None
Humility“Indeed, every other kind of sin has to do with the commission of evil deeds, whereas pride lurks even in good works in order to destroy them” – The Rule of Augustine I, 8.Saint AugustineNone
Humility“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, 2.Saint AugustineNone
Immigration"The present condition of the human race is symbolized by that man described in Scripture who was robbed by bandits and left lying half-dead in a ditch. He was ignored by the passing crowd until a passing Samaritan stopped and took care of him. His rescuer was a Samaritan, a foreigner far removed from him in nationality who became a neighbor by showing mercy. Our Lord Jesus wants us to understand that the Good Samaritan in the story represents himself." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 171, 2)Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 50.None
Incarnation"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" - Saint Augustine (Sermon 304, 1-4)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Today in Augustine" - August 11, 2020None
Incarnation"Christ who is rich in heaven chose to be hugry in the poor. Yet in your humanity you hesitate to give to your fellow human being. Don’t you realize that what you give, you give to Christ, from whom you received whatever you have to give in the first place." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 75,9)Saint AugustineUnknownNone
Incarnation"O incredible kindness and mercy! He was the only Son, but he did not want to remain alone. In order that men might be born of God, God was first born of men. He had to seek on early only a mother, since the Father he already had in heaven. Begotten o God is he through whom we were created; born of a woman is he through whom we are to be recreated. The Word first wished to be born of man, so that you might be assured of being born of God" - Saint Augustine (On John's Gospel, 2, 13, 15).Saint AugustineNone
Incarnation"The teacher of humility, who shared our weakness and gave us a share in his own divinity, came to earth in order to teach us the way, even to be the Way himself. It was his humility, above all else, that he impressed upon us. He willingly submitted to baptism at the hands of one of his servants, so that we might learn to confess our own sins and to beome weak in order to be truly strong, repeating with the apostle: 'When I am weak, then I am strong.'" - Saint Augustine (Exposition of the Psalms, 58).Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today", 9 Nov 20None
Incarnation“Through his resurrection he is the proof for the life we will live after death. If Jesus had not come as a human being all we would know about human life is that we are born and we die. Jesus took upon himself the human condition we know and gave us a proof of the eternal life we do not know” – Commentary on Psalm 60, 4.None
Interiority"Let us leave a little room for reflection in our lives, room too for silence. Let us look within ourselves and see whether there is some delightful hidden place inside where we can be free of noise and argument. Let us hear the Word of God in stillness and perhaps we will then come to understand it." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 52, 22).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Interiority"Note the Psalmist's words: 'I sought the Lord and He answered me.' Where did the Lord hear? Within. What does He reply? Within. There you pray, there you are heard, and there you are made happy. Therefore, enter your heart. Happy are those who delight to enter their hearts and find no evil." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 33).Saint AugustineAugustinian.org Augustine for Today Oct 2, 2020None
Interiority"There is a great mystery, my friends, in my attempts to teach you. The sound of my words may strike your ears but the real teacher is inside you. You really do not learn anything from another human being. Oh, I can suggest some truths throught he sound of my voice, but if the Divine Teacher is not in you, the sounds I make are empty. It is the Divine Master within who teaches you. It is Christ who teaches you and if you do not hear his words surrounding within, any words blaring from outside are useless clatter." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on the Epistle of John, 3.13.2).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Jealousy"The love of spiritual beauty can be of such a nature that in it I do not envy others. Rather, I wish to multiply its lovers so that they may aspire to it with me, search for it with me, possess it with me and enjoy it with me. They will be so much more friends for me insofar as our beloved is more fully shared by all of us" - Saint Augustine (Soliloquies 1, 13, 22)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org Augustine for Today September 13, 2020None
Judging Others"Do not love a fault in a person but love the person, for God made man and woman, but man and woman made the fault. Love what God made, not what man made himself. When you love the work of man, you destroy him; when you love the work of God, you correct him." - Saint Augustine, On the first Letter of John 7, 11.Saint AugustineNonehttps://augustinianspirituality.org/2020/08/10/the-rule-of-saint-augustine/#46
Judging Others"One must especially bear this in mind: let no one think that he can reach happiness and the God he loves if he looks down on his neighbor" - Saint Augustine (On the Customs of the Catholic Church, 51)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org Augustine for Today September 23, 2020None
Judging Others"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" - Saint Augustine, Sermon 19, 2Saint AugustineAugustinian.org Augustine for Today August 7, 2020None
Justice"Blessed are those who feel compassion, because God will have compassion on them. In fact, you are hungry and thirsty for justice. If you are hungry and thirsty, you are a beggar for God. So, you stand like a beggar in front of God's door, but there is also another beggar in front of your door. What will you do with your beggar, God will do with his." - Saint Augustine (Discourse 53 / A, 10)Saint AugustineLetter from Prior General on Feast of Saint Augustine, August 28, 2021None
Justice“Before all else, dear brothers, love God and then your neighbor, because these are the chief commandments given to us” – The Rule, Introduction, 1.None
Justice“You give bread to a hungry person; but it would be better were no one hungry, and you could give it to no one. You clothe the naked person. Would that all were clothed and this necessity did not exist.” – Tractate 1 John 8, 8None
Justice“Your justification is from God but without your willingness to accept it, that justification could not exist in you. Justice exists in the universe without you willing it” – Sermon 169, 13.None
Leadership"After his resurrection Jesus asked Peter, 'Do you love me more than the rest?' and Peter answered, 'You know Lord that I love you!' Jesus then charged him, 'Feed my lambs, feed my sheep.' The Lord questioned Peter three times in the same way so that his three-fold confession might cancel the threefold denial he had made on the evening of Holy Thursday. He was questioned about his love first and only then were Christ's sheep (his church and all its members) entrusted to him." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 229P, 1-4).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 86None
Leadership"Be assured that abuses are not done away with by harsh or severe or autocratic measures, but by teaching rather than by commanding, by persuasion rather than by threats. This is the way to deal with the people in general, reserving severity for the sins of the few. If we make threats, let it be done sorrowfully, in the words of Scripture, and in terms of the world to come. In this way, it is not we who are feared because of our power, but God because of our words." - Letter 22, 5.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Leadership"The first thing good superiors must realize is that they are servants. They should not consider it beneath their dignity to be servants to many. Indeed, the Lord of lords did not consider it beneath His dignity to be a servant to us." - Sermon 340A, 1.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Leadership“A Christian should not try to glory over others. If you wish to be better than another, you will begin to envy him when you see that he is your equal. You should wish that everyone be your equal. If for the moment you are superior to another in moral wisdom, you should wish that they too should be morally wise. As long as a student knows little, he learns from you; as long as he is untaught, he needs your teaching. For the time being you are superior because you are the teacher and he is still learning. If you do not wish him someday to be equal to you, he will always be a learner. If this is your desire, you will be an envious teacher but how then can you be called a teacher at all?”None
Leadership“Every earthly state makes use of some of the citizens of the ‘City of God’ to administer its affairs. How many of the faithful are there among its loyal subjects and its magistrates, its judges, generals, governors and even among those who have been kings? All these are good people, keeping deep in their hearts the longing for the glorious things of heaven. In a way they are like foreigners in a society that will pass away, but in the meantime (under the command of God) they serve their earthly masters conscientiously” – Commentary on Psalm 61, 8.None
Leadership“Nothing could be better for the world than those who are in power to join a good life to the art of political government. Such humble leaders attribute all their virtues, however many they may have on earth, to the grace of God who bestows them on those who pray for them. Such leaders understand how imperfect they are. They realize that they are not angels” – City of God, 5.19.None
Leadership“We call those Christian rulers happy who govern with justice, never forgetting that they are only human. They think of sovereignty as a ministry of God, and they fear and worship God. They are slow to punish and quick to forgive. They temper with mercy and generosity the unavoidable harshness of their commands. They are all the more in control of their sinful desires because they are freer to indulge them. They prefer to rule their own passions more than to rule the peoples of the world. They rule not out of vain glory but out of love for everlasting bliss. They offer to God the humble sacrifice of their repentance and prayer. In this life they are happy in their hope and are destined to be truly happy when the eternal day comes for which we all hope” – City of God, 5.24.None
Lent"The days before Easter signify the life that we live now with all its trials and troubles. The days after Easter signify the happy days that lie beyond death. What we commemorate before Easter is what we experience in this life, what we celebrate after Easter points to something we do not yet possess." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 148, 1-2).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 49None
Love"Do not love a fault in a person but love the person, for God made man and woman, but man and woman made the fault. Love what God made, not what man made himself. When you love the work of man, you destroy him; when you love the work of God, you correct him." - Saint Augustine, On the first Letter of John 7, 11.Saint AugustineNone
Love"Do not suppose that it is easy to preserve love, that you need not do anything to keep it, that you can always afford to be gentle with the beloved, a gentleness that sometimes masks a 'not caring' what the loved one does. That is not how you preserve love. Do you love your children when you won't discipline them? Do you love your neighbor when you never correct them? This is not love but apathy. Love must sometimes arouse you to correct the loved one. When you find that they are good, rejoice with them; when you find that they are going in a wrong direction, admonish them." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on the Epistle of John, 7.11.1).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 223.None
Love"Love and do what you will. If you keep silence, do it out of love. If you cry out, do it out of love. If you refrain from punishing, do it out of love." - Sermon on 1 John 7, 8.Saint AugustineNone
Love"Moreover, this is the rule of love: the good that we desire for ourselves we desire for our neighbor also; and the evil that we are unwilling to undergo we wish o prevent from happening to our neighbor. All who love God will have such a desire toward everybody." - True Religion 87.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Love"O good and all powerful One, you care for each of us as if we alone existed. You care for all with the same tenderness that you show to each one." - Confessions 3, 11.Saint AugustineThe Confessions by Ben O'RourkeNoneConfessions III
Love"You who do not yet see God will, by loving your neighbor, make yourselves worthy of seeing Him. By loving your neighbor, you cleanse your eyes so you can see God. Love your neighbor, then, and see within yourself the source of this love of neighbor. There you will see God insofar as you are able." - Sermon on John 17, 8.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Love“The love of God is first in the order of commandment, but the love of neighbor is first in the order of action … In loving your neighbor, and in being concerned about your neighbor, you get going. Where are you going, except to the Lord God” – On the Gospel of John 17, 8-9.None
Love“When you love Christ’s members you love Christ himself. When you love Christ you love the Son of God. When you love the Son of God, you love the Father. Love cannot be split up. Begin loving somewhere, and the rest will follow” - On the Letter of John 10, 3None
Mary"Mary gave birth to your Head, and the Church gave birth to you. For the Church also is both mother and virgin. She is mother by her entrails of charity, and virgin by the integrity of faith and piety. She gives birth to many, but they are all members of One whose Body and spouse she herself is. In this she is like Mary, because in many she is the mother of unity." - Sermon 192, 2.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Mary"O incredible kindness and mercy! He was the only Son, but he did not want to remain alone. In order that men might be born of God, God was first born of men. He had to seek on early only a mother, since the Father he already had in heaven. Begotten o God is he through whom we were created; born of a woman is he through whom we are to be recreated. The Word first wished to be born of man, so that you might be assured of being born of God" - Saint Augustine (On John's Gospel, 2, 13, 15).Saint AugustineNone
Mary"By Mary's pious faith she merited that the holy child come to be in her. He created her in order to choose her, from whom he chose to be created." - Saint Augustine (On Nature and Grace 36, 42)Saint AugustineProvince Facebook Post, 4 Sep 21None
Materialism"In a building nothing comes before the foundation. Thus, whoever has Christ in his heart in such a way as to place nothing ahead of him, nothing earthly or temporal, even of those things that are licit and permissible, has Christ as his foundation." - Saint Augustine (City of God, XX, 16).Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" - 30 September 2020
Materialism"Late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient and yet so new, late have I loved you. You were always there inside me and I was running around outside. I was looking for you out there, and confused as I was, I threw myself upon those beautiful things that you had made. You were always in me, but I was not always in you. Created things kept me apart from you even though they themselves could only exist in you. You called and shouted and finally broke through my deafness. You blazed forth and shone brightly and finally broke through my blindness." - Saint Augustine, Confessions 10.27.38Saint AugustineNone
Mercy"Blessed are those who feel compassion, because God will have compassion on them. In fact, you are hungry and thirsty for justice. If you are hungry and thirsty, you are a beggar for God. So, you stand like a beggar in front of God's door, but there is also another beggar in front of your door. What will you do with your beggar, God will do with his." - Saint Augustine (Discourse 53 / A, 10)Saint AugustineLetter from Prior General on Feast of Saint Augustine, August 28, 2021None
Mercy"Driven out of paradise by you and exiled in a distant land, by myself I cannot return unless you come to meet me in my wandering. My return is based on hope in your mercy during all of my earthly life. My only hope, the only source of confidence, the only solid promise is your mercy" - Saint Augustine (Discourses on the Psalms, 24, 5).Saint AugustineThe Corona PrayerNone
Ministry"After his resurrection Jesus asked Peter, 'Do you love me more than the rest?' and Peter answered, 'You know Lord that I love you!' Jesus then charged him, 'Feed my lambs, feed my sheep.' The Lord questioned Peter three times in the same way so that his three-fold confession might cancel the threefold denial he had made on the evening of Holy Thursday. He was questioned about his love first and only then were Christ's sheep (his church and all its members) entrusted to him." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 229P, 1-4).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 86None
Ministry"Love and do what you will. If you keep silence, do it out of love. If you cry out, do it out of love. If you refrain from punishing, do it out of love." - Sermon on 1 John 7, 8.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" with John E. Rotelle, O.S.A.None
Ministry"Scattered about the entire earth, your mother the Church is tormented by the assaults of error. She is also afflicted by the laziness and indifference of so many of the children she carries around in her bosom as well as by the sight of so many of her members growing cold, while she becomes less able to help her little ones" - Letter 243, 8.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Ministry"The living a life of faith is often hard labor. Who ever said this was not the case? It is often a struggle, but this is the work for which heaven is the payment. If you want to be paid, do not be lazy in your work. After all, if you had hired a workman, you would not count out his pay before you had put him to work. You would say to him, 'Do the work, then you will get paid.' He would not dare to say to you, 'Pay me now and then I will do the work.' This is the way God deals with us." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 38, 4)Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 16.
Ministry"Where I'm terrified by what I am for you, I am given comfort by what I am with you. For you I am a bishop, with you, after all, I am a Christian. The first is the name of an office undertaken, the second a name of grace; that one means danger, this one salvation." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 340A, 1).Saint AugustineNone
Ministry“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, 2.None
Ministry“When you love Christ’s members you love Christ himself. When you love Christ you love the Son of God. When you love the Son of God, you love the Father. Love cannot be split up. Begin loving somewhere, and the rest will follow” – On the Letter of John 10, 3None
Pilgrimage"Earthly life is a pilgrimage, and as such it is full of temptations. But our spiritual growth is worked out in temptation. By experiencing temptations, we know ourselves. By fighting them, we have the chance to become winners. By overcoming them, we are crowned victors." - Commentary on Psalm 80, 3.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotellePsalm 80None
Pilgrimage"Hope is a necessity for us in these days of exile from heaven. It is our consolation on the journey. When a traveler gets tired of walking along the dusty road, he puts up with fatigue because he hopes to arrive home. Rob him of any hope of arriving and immediately his strength for walking is broken. So too, the hope for heaven which we have now is an important factor easing the pain of our just exile and sometimes harsh journey." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 158, 8).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Pilgrimage"I am the way, the truth, and the life. It is by me that you come; it is I that you come to, and in me you remain. How do you wish to go? I am the way. Where do you wish to go? I am the truth. Where do you wish to remain? I am the life. Christ as God is the fatherland where we are going;Christ as man is the way we must travel" - Saint Augustine (On Christian Doctrine, 1, 34).Saint AugustineCorona PrayerNone
Pilgrimage"I implore you to love with me and, by believing, to run with me; let us long for our heavenly country, let us sigh for our heavenly home, let us truly feel that here we are strangers." - Saint Augustine (Treatise on John 35, 8-9).Saint AugustineBreviary, Tuesday 34th Week in OT, p. 591None
Pilgrimage"In loving others, and caring for them, you are on a journey. Where is journey's end if not the Lord our God, the One we should love with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind? We have not yet reached him, but our neighbor is here at our side. Look after this companion of your pilgrimage if you would reach the One whom you desire to be with forever" - Saint Augustine (On John's Gospel 17, 9)Saint AugustineNone
Pilgrimage"Just as man cultivates the earth to develop it and make it fruitful, so God in a much deeper sense cultivates man in order that he may become just. Just as man is said to cultivate the earth so that it may be adorned and fruitful, God also is said to cultivate man so that he may be devout and wise. He also guards him lest he delight too much in his own powers because when a person ignores the authority of God, he cannot be saved." - A Literal Commentary on genesis, 8.10.23Saint AugustineNone
Pilgrimage"Late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient and yet so new, late have I loved you. You were always there inside me and I was running around outside. I was looking for you out there, and confused as I was, I threw myself upon those beautiful things that you had made. You were always in me, but I was not always in you. Created things kept me apart from you even though they themselves could only exist in you. You called and shouted and finally broke through my deafness. You blazed forth and shone brightly and finally broke through my blindness." - Saint Augustine, Confessions 10.27.38Saint AugustineNone
Pilgrimage"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, keep making progress" - Saint Augustine (Sermon 169, 15, 18)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" August 16, 2020None
Pilgrimage"Martha and Mary were sisters related by blood and equal in holiness. Both were dedicated to the Lord. Martha welcomed him as travelers are welcomed. She was the maidservant receiving her Master, the invalid receiving her healer. You are indeed blessed, Martha, because of your service, by your seeking peace through good works. But when you come to the heavenly homeland you will find no traveler to welcome, no one hungry to feed, no thirst to relieve, no sick to visit, no quarrelers to reconcile, no dead to bury. There will be none of these tasks there. What Mary chose in this life will be realized there in all its fullness. 'The Lord will make his servants sit down and he will wait on them." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 103, 2 & 6).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 166None
Pilgrimage"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." - Sermon 169, 18.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Pilgrimage"Our faith is strengthened by the resurrection of Christ. The passion of Christ represents the misery of our present life, while the resurrection of Christ gives us a brilliant glimpse of the happiness of the future life. Let us apply ourselves energetically in the present life, and hope in the future. Now is the time for the painful struggle; then will come the recompense" - Saint Augustine (Sermon, 233, 1)Saint AugustineThe Corona PrayerNone
Pilgrimage"The days before Easter signify the life that we live now with all its trials and troubles. The days after Easter signify the happy days that lie beyond death. What we commemorate before Easter is what we experience in this life, what we celebrate after Easter points to something we do not yet possess." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 148, 1-2).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 49Psalm 148None
Pilgrimage"This is what holding to the right path means: that we should keep our eyes always on the Lord, for he will deliver our feet from the snare. He who so conducts himself is neither parched in the heat of business nor chilled by idleness; neither boisterous nor languid, neither reckless nor renegade, neither fooldhardy nor feeble." - Saint Augustine (Letter 48)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Today in Augustine" 1 October 2020None
Pilgrimage"Though we labor among the many distractions of the world, we should have but one goal. For we are but travelers on a journey without as yet a fixed abode; we are on our way, not yet in our native land; we are in a state of longing, not yet of enjoyment. But let us continue on our way ... so that we may ultimately arrive at our destination"- Saint Augustine (Sermon 103, 1)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Today in Augustine" - August 9, 2020None
Pilgrimage"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." - Sermon on a New Canticle 4, 4.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Pilgrimage"We shall see, we shall love, we shall praise. Our vision will not fail, our love will never end, and our praise will never fall silent. Love sings now; then, too, it is love that will sing. But not it is a yearning love that sings, then it will be an enjoying love" - Saint Augustine (Sermon, 254, 6).Saint AugustineThe Corona PrayerNone
Pilgrimage“In Martha was to be found the image of things present, in Mary that of things to come. The kind Martha was leading, that’s where we are; the kind Mary was leading, that’s what we are hoping for; let us lead this one well, in order to have that one to the full.” - Saint Augustine Sermon 104, 4Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine by Day" 29 July 2020None
Pilgrimage“The love of God is first in the order of commandment, but the love of neighbor is first in the order of action … In loving your neighbor, and in being concerned about your neighbor, you get going. Where are you going, except to the Lord God” – On the Gospel of John 17, 8-9.None
PilgrimageGo on making use of your special, expensive foods, because you have got into the habit of them, because if you change your habits you get sick. Go on making use of your superfluities, but give the poor their necessities. He looks to you, you look to God. He looks to a hand that was made as he was, you look to a hand that made you. But it didn’t only make you, it also made the poor man with you. He gave you both this life as a single road to travel along. You have found yourselves companions, walking along the same road; he’s carrying nothing, you have an excessive load. He’s carrying nothing with him, you are carrying more than you need. You are overloaded; give him some of what you’ve got. At a stroke, you feed him and lessen your load. So give to the poor; I’m begging you, I’m warning you, I’m commanding you, I’m ordering you. Give to the poor whatever you like." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 61,12-13)Saint AugustineUnknownNone
Pilgrimage"The Church knows two lives ... One is in faith, the other in vision; one belongs to the time of pilgrimage, the other to the eternal dwelling-place; one is in exertion, the other in rest; one finds itself along the way, the other in the homeland; one is in the work of action, the other in the prize of contemplation." - Saint Augustine (On the Gospel of John 124, 5).Saint AugustineProvince Facebook Post, 5 Sep 21None
Contemplation"The Church knows two lives ... One is in faith, the other in vision; one belongs to the time of pilgrimage, the other to the eternal dwelling-place; one is in exertion, the other in rest; one finds itself along the way, the other in the homeland; one is in the work of action, the other in the prize of contemplation." - Saint Augustine (On the Gospel of John 124, 5).Saint AugustineProvince Facebook Post, 5 Sep 21None
Politics"Considering how short life is, does it really matter what government you must obey as long as you are not compelled to act against God or your conscience? As far as I can see, it makes no difference at all to political security or public order to maintain the purely human distinction between conquerors and the conquered. It adds nothing to a nation but empty pomp, an appropriate reward for those who wage fierce battles out of lust for human glory. When all the boasting is over, what is any man but just another man? Even when honor in this life is merited, it has no lasting value. It is smoke that weighs nothing." - Saint Augustine (City of God, 5.17).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 189None
Poverty"Blessed are those who feel compassion, because God will have compassion on them. In fact, you are hungry and thirsty for justice. If you are hungry and thirsty, you are a beggar for God. So, you stand like a beggar in front of God's door, but there is also another beggar in front of your door. What will you do with your beggar, God will do with his." - Saint Augustine (Discourse 53 / A, 10)Saint AugustineLetter from Prior General on Feast of Saint Augustine, August 28, 2021None
Poverty"Even though you possess plenty, you are still indigent. You about in temporal possessions, but you need things eternal. You listen to the needs of a human beggar, yet you yourself are a beggar of God. What you do with those who be from you is what God will do with His beggar. You are filled and you are empty. Fill your empty neighbor from your fullness, so that your emptiness may be filled from God's fullness." - Sermon 56, 9.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Poverty"God does not demand much of you. He asks back what he gave you, and from him you take what is enough for you. The superfluities of the rich are the necessities of the poor. When you possess superfluities, you possess what belongs to others." - Saint Augustine (Exposition on Psalm 147, 12).Saint AugustineUnknownNonePsalm 147
Poverty"God made both the rich and the poor. So the rich and the poor are born alike. You meet one another as you walk on the way together. Do not oppress or defraud anyone. One may be needy and another may have plenty. But the Lord is the marker of them both. Through the person who has, He helps the one who needs; and through the person who does not have, He tests the one who has." - Sermon 35, 7.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Poverty"O good and all powerful One, you care for each of us as if we alone existed. You care for all with the same tenderness that you show to each one." - Confessions 3, 11.Saint AugustineThe Confessions by Ben O'RourkeNoneConfessions III
Poverty“You give bread to a hungry person; but it would be better were no one hungry, and you could give it to no one. You clothe the naked person. Would that all were clothed and this necessity did not exist.” – Tractate 1 John 8, 8None
Power“A Christian should not try to glory over others. If you wish to be better than another, you will begin to envy him when you see that he is your equal. You should wish that everyone be your equal. If for the moment you are superior to another in moral wisdom, you should wish that they too should be morally wise. As long as a student knows little, he learns from you; as long as he is untaught, he needs your teaching. For the time being you are superior because you are the teacher and he is still learning. If you do not wish him someday to be equal to you, he will always be a learner. If this is your desire, you will be an envious teacher but how then can you be called a teacher at all?”None
Power“Christ was born into this world as we were born but he was different from us sinners because the allurements of this world did not hold him prisoner. He did not want an earthly kingdom and the pride that goes with it. Such pride is rightly understood as the ‘seat of pestilence’ because a pestilence is an epidemic which has spread widely and overwhelms nearly all people. The lust for power is like such a pestilence because there is hardly anyone who does not love wielding power or who does not long for human glory.” – Commentary on Psalm 1, 1.Psalm 01None
Prayer"God wants you to pray so that you may experience desire, itself a gift from him, and thus, having this desire satisfied by him, you will not take for granted what he gives" - Saint Augustine (Sermon 56, 3, 4)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org Augustine for Today Sep 12, 2020None
Prayer"God wants you to pray so that you may experience desire, itself a gift from him, and thus, having this desire satisfied by him, you will not take for granted what he gives" - Saint Augustine (Sermon 56, 3, 4)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org Augustine for Today Sep 12, 2020None
Prayer"Let us always desire the happy life from the Lord God and always pray for it. But for this very reason we turn our mind to the task of prayer at appointed hours, since that desire grows lukewarm, so to speak, from our involvement in other concerns and occupations. We remind ourselves through the words of prayer to focus our attention on the object of our desire; otherwise, the desire that began to grow lukewarm may grow chill altogether and may be totally extinguished unless it is repeatedly stirred into flame." - Saint Augustine (Letter to Proba)Saint AugustineLiturgy of the Hours, Monday 29th Week of OT, 412 II, 10
Prayer"Note the Psalmist's words: 'I sought the Lord and He answered me.' Where did the Lord hear? Within. What does He reply? Within. There you pray, there you are heard, and there you are made happy. Therefore, enter your heart. Happy are those who delight to enter their hearts and find no evil." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 33).Saint AugustineAugustinian.org Augustine for Today Oct 2, 2020Psalm 33None
Prayer“Longing is always a prayer, even though the tongue is silent. If you are longing without interruption, then you are always praying. When does our prayer sleep? Only when our desire cools” – Sermon 80, 7.Saint AugustineNone
Prayer"Your prayer is a conversation with God: when you read God speaks to you, when you pray you speak to God." - Saint Augustine (On the Psalms 85, 7)Saint AugustineProvince Facebook Post, 6 Sep 21Psalm 85None
Pride"Christ invites us to enter heaven when he says, 'Enter by the narrow door.' You make an effort to enter but your swollen head prevents you. The door's narrowness irritates your swollen head and the irritation makes it swell all the more. You must get the swelling down if you want to enter. But how are you to do that? You must accept the medicine of humility. Your bulk is swollen, not big. If it is big it is solid; if it is swollen it is just os much empty air. Get the swelling down to be genuinly big. Do this by not taking pride int he pomp and circumstance of things that slip away and crumble into nothing." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 142, 5).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 202.None
Pride"How will you be able to lift up your heart to God? Does your heart not need first to be healed before you can come to see God? Are you not revealing your pride when you cry out 'First let me see and then I will be healed?" - Commentary on Psalm 39, 21Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Pride"People would not have performed an evil work unless an evil will had preceded it. Now what else than pride could be the beginning of an evil will? What is pride but the desire of a height out of proportion to our state? It is a height out of proportion to our state to leave God to Whom the soul should cling as its basis and to become in some way our own basis. This is what happens when the soul is too pleased with itself." - City of God 14, 4.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Pride"Pride hates a fellowship of equality under God, and, as though a human being were God, the proud person loves to impose hs own dominion on fellow human beings" - Saint Augustine (City of God XIX, 12)Saint Augustinevan Bavel, Augustine's Option for the Poor, 15).
Pride"The virtue of patience endures trouble for good reasons but it becomes a vice when it descends into stubbornness. Stubbornness imitates patience; indeed, it is its close neighbor. Just as a person who cannot be forced to do evil is better than one who weakens under the pressure, so too a person who stubbornly cannot be turned away from evil is worse than one who can. Stubbornness prevents a person from ceasing his or her evil or foolish course of action even by the threat of the direst consequences. What shall we say of such a person who refuses to yield to pressure? Rather than describing such a one as having great patience we should recognize that he or she is just a hard-headed stubborn person." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 283, 7).Saint AugustineAugustinian.org Augustine for Today Oct 14, 2020None
Pride"The world continues to grab at us, enticing us with its charms. We like lots of money, we like splendid honors, we like the power to dominate others. We like all these things, but lets keep in mind the words of the apostle: 'We brought nothing into this world, neither can we take anything out' (1 Timothy 6:7). Honor should be looking for you, not you for it." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 39, 2).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Pride“A Christian should not try to glory over others. If you wish to be better than another, you will begin to envy him when you see that he is your equal. You should wish that everyone be your equal. If for the moment you are superior to another in moral wisdom, you should wish that they too should be morally wise. As long as a student knows little, he learns from you; as long as he is untaught, he needs your teaching. For the time being you are superior because you are the teacher and he is still learning. If you do not wish him someday to be equal to you, he will always be a learner. If this is your desire, you will be an envious teacher but how then can you be called a teacher at all?”None
Pride“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.None
Pride“Indeed, every other kind of sin has to do with the commission of evil deeds, whereas pride lurks even in good works in order to destroy them” – The Rule of Augustine I, 8.None
Pride“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, 2.None
Racism“Let all of you then live together in oneness of mind and heart, mutually honoring God in yourselves, whose temples you have become” – The Rule of Augustine I, 9None
Resurrection"Our faith is strengthened by the resurrection of Christ. The passion of Christ represents the misery of our present life, while the resurrection of Christ gives us a brilliant glimpse of the happiness of the future life. Let us apply ourselves energetically in the present life, and hope in the future. Now is the time for the painful struggle; then will come the recompense" - Saint Augustine (Sermon, 233, 1)Saint AugustineThe Corona PrayerNone
Resurrection"Wonderful is the fact that, even though he ascended above the heavens, he remains close to those who are still living on earth. Who is this one who is so far away and yet so near, if not he who out of merciful goodness became our brother?" - Saint Augustine (Sermon, 171, 1).None
Resurrection“Through his resurrection he is the proof for the life we will live after death. If Jesus had not come as a human being all we would know about human life is that we are born and we die. Jesus took upon himself the human condition we know and gave us a proof of the eternal life we do not know” – Commentary on Psalm 60, 4.None
Sacrifice“Jesus chose to endure with us all the pains of being human to teach us that we should not seek our happiness in earthly goods nor be afraid of becoming unhappy when we must give up” – On Catechizing the Uninstructed, 40.None
Sin"People would not have performed an evil work unless an evil will had preceded it. Now what else than pride could be the beginning of an evil will? What is pride but the desire of a height out of proportion to our state? It is a height out of proportion to our state to leave God to Whom the soul should cling as its basis and to become in some way our own basis. This is what happens when the soul is too pleased with itself." - City of God 14, 4.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Social Justice"Be assured that abuses are not done away with by harsh or severe or autocratic measures, but by teaching rather than by commanding, by persuasion rather than by threats. This is the way to deal with the people in general, reserving severity for the sins of the few. If we make threats, let it be done sorrowfully, in the words of Scripture, and in terms of the world to come. In this way, it is not we who are feared because of our power, but God because of our words." - Letter 22, 5.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Social Justice"Clearly, it is not by harshness or by severity, or by overbearing methods, that social evils are removed. It is by education rather than by formal commands, by persuasion rather than by threats. This is the way to deal with people in general. Severity, however, should be employed only against the sins of the few." - Letter 22, 5.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Social Justice"Essentially, there are two kinds of people, because there are two kinds of love. One is holy the other is selfish. One is subject to God; the other endeavors to equal Him. One is friendly; the other is envious. One wishes for the neighbor what it would wish for itself; the other wishes to subject the neighbor to itself. One guides the neighbor in the interests of the neighbor's good; the other guides the neighbor for its own interests." - The Literal Meaning of Genesis 11, 15.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Social Justice"Even though you possess plenty, you are still indigent. You about in temporal possessions, but you need things eternal. You listen to the needs of a human beggar, yet you yourself are a beggar of God. What you do with those who be from you is what God will do with His beggar. You are filled and you are empty. Fill your empty neighbor from your fullness, so that your emptiness may be filled from God's fullness." - Sermon 56, 9.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Social Justice"God made both the rich and the poor. So the rich and the poor are born alike. You meet one another as you walk on the way together. Do not oppress or defraud anyone. One may be needy and another may have plenty. But the Lord is the marker of them both. Through the person who has, He helps the one who needs; and through the person who does not have, He tests the one who has." - Sermon 35, 7.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Social Justice"Moreover, this is the rule of love: the good that we desire for ourselves we desire for our neighbor also; and the evil that we are unwilling to undergo we wish o prevent from happening to our neighbor. All who love God will have such a desire toward everybody." - True Religion 87.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Social Justice"O good and all powerful One, you care for each of us as if we alone existed. You care for all with the same tenderness that you show to each one." - Confessions 3, 11.Saint AugustineThe Confessions by Ben O'RourkeNoneConfessions III
Social Justice"You give bread to a hungry person; but it would be better were no one hungry, and you could give it to no one. You clothe the naked person. Would that all were clothed and this necessity did not exist." - Saint Augustine (Tractate 1 John 8, 8).Saint AugustineUnknownNone
Stewardship"Christ who is rich in heaven chose to be hugry in the poor. Yet in your humanity you hesitate to give to your fellow human being. Don’t you realize that what you give, you give to Christ, from whom you received whatever you have to give in the first place." - Saint Augustine (Commentary on Psalm 75,9)Saint AugustineUnknownNonePsalm 75
Stewardship"God does not demand much of you. He asks back what he gave you, and from him you take what is enough for you. The superfluities of the rich are the necessities of the poor. When you possess superfluities, you possess what belongs to others." - Saint Augustine (Exposition on Psalm 147, 12).Saint AugustineUnknownNonePsalm 147
Stewardship"Lord, you frighten me! You demand from me what you gave me. You gave me my talents because you want to profit from them. You don't want them hidden away in some secret place. You don't want to get back only what you gave me. You want more. You want back all your money, every coin that bears your image-.e.g., every human soul that ever existed." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 125, 8).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Stewardship"The great God has made us humans the loveliest ornaments of the earth. Oh, it is true that we must someday die, but in our present life God has given us some marvelous gifts that enhance our pilgrimage through time. Most important of all, we have the promise from our lovely Lord that if we use well the good things he has given us here, we shall receive a fantastic life later on. Beyond death we shall receive peace and all the healing grace and final glory that go with it. Best of all, we shall know that this great gift of peace will be everlasting. Our joy will never end." - Saint Augustine (City of God, 19.13)Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Stewardship"We brought nothing into this world. You have come into the world, you found a full table spread for you. But the Lord's is the earth and its fullness. God bestows the world on the poor, he bestows it on the rich." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 29, 2).Saint AugustineUnknownNone
Stubbornness"The virtue of patience endures trouble for good reasons but it becomes a vice when it descends into stubbornness. Stubbornness imitates patience; indeed, it is its close neighbor. Just as a person who cannot be forced to do evil is better than one who weakens under the pressure, so too a person who stubbornly cannot be turned away from evil is worse than one who can. Stubbornness prevents a person from ceasing his or her evil or foolish course of action even by the threat of the direst consequences. What shall we say of such a person who refuses to yield to pressure? Rather than describing such a one as having great patience we should recognize that he or she is just a hard-headed stubborn person." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 283, 7).Saint AugustineAugustinian.org Augustine for Today Oct 14, 2020None
Suffering"Hope is a necessity for us in these days of exile from heaven. It is our consolation on the journey. When a traveler gets tired of walking along the dusty road, he puts up with fatigue because he hopes to arrive home. Rob him of any hope of arriving and immediately his strength for walking is broken. So too, the hope for heaven which we have now is an important factor easing the pain of our just exile and sometimes harsh journey." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 158, 8).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None
Suffering"Our faith is strengthened by the resurrection of Christ. The passion of Christ represents the misery of our present life, while the resurrection of Christ gives us a brilliant glimpse of the happiness of the future life. Let us apply ourselves energetically in the present life, and hope in the future. Now is the time for the painful struggle; then will come the recompense" - Saint Augustine (Sermon, 233, 1)Saint AugustineThe Corona PrayerNone
Suffering"You say, the times are troublesome, the times are burdensome, the times are miserable. Live rightly and you will change the times. The times have never hurt anyone. Those who are hurt are human beings; those by whom they are hurt are also human beings. So, change human beings and the times will be changed." - Sermon 311, 8.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Suffering“Let us bear each other’s burdens in this life so that we can achieve that life that has no burdens. Take the example of deer. When deer swim across a channel to an island in search of pasture they line themselves up in such a way that the weight of their antlers is burne by another. The one behind, by extending its neck places its head on the one in front. Since the one at the head of the line has no one to support its head, when it tires it gives up its place to the one behind and retreats to the last place in line. Through this method of bearing one another’s burden they are able to cross the channel to the island. It is an example of the truth that bearing a friend’s burden is the best proof of friendship” – 83 Various Questions, 71.1None
Suffering“Longing is always a prayer, even though the tongue is silent. If you are longing without interruption, then you are always praying. When does our prayer sleep? Only when our desire cools” – Sermon 80, 7.None
Suffering“Through his resurrection he is the proof for the life we will live after death. If Jesus had not come as a human being all we would know about human life is that we are born and we die. Jesus took upon himself the human condition we know and gave us a proof of the eternal life we do not know” – Commentary on Psalm 60, 4.None
Suffering“Usually human beings do not truly know themselves. They do not know of what they are able and what not. Often they presume that they can do certain things when they cannot while at the same time presume they cannot do others of which they are perfectly capable. Only when trials come to test them do they discover their own possibilities, possibilities hidden from them but known to their Creator. ” - Commentary on Psalm 55 (2)Saint AugustineNonePsalm 55
SufferingIf poverty pinches, if grief saddens, if pain overcomes us, if exile darkens our life, if any other misfortune fills us with foreboding, let there be good friends at hand who know how to ’weep with them that weep’ as well as ‘rejoice with them that rejoice.'With such good friends such bitter trials are lessened, the heavy burdens are lightened, the obstacles are met and overcome” – Saint Augustine (Letter 130, 2.4).None
Temptation"Earthly life is a pilgrimage, and as such it is full of temptations. But our spiritual growth is worked out in temptation. By experiencing temptations, we know ourselves. By fighting them, we have the chance to become winners. By overcoming them, we are crowned victors." - Commentary on Psalm 80, 3.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Temptation"Many people promise themselves that they will live a holy life. But, they fail because they go into the furnace and come out cracked." - Saint Augustine (Exposition on the Psalms 99, 11)Saint Augustinehttps://www.merrimack.edu/academics/augustinian_pedagogy/documents/merrimack_college_catholicand_augustinian_iii.pdfPsalm 99None
Temptation"The reason why no one can be without sin is because they do not choose to avoid it. Humans do not choose to do good either because (1) they do not know what the right thing to do is, or (2) because they do not find delight in doing the right thing. We choose good to the degree of our certainty that this is what we should do and to the degree of our delight in doing good once discovered. Ignorance and weakness: these are the sources of our inability to always choose good and avoid evil." - Saint Augustine (Merits and Remission of Sins and Infant Baptism, 2.17.26)Saint Augustine
Temptation“Just from the fact that you try to avoid evil, you improve yourself, and you begin to desire what is good.” - Saint Augustine (Sermon on 1 John 9, 5)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" 20 June 2020None
Truth (Veritas)"I am the way, the truth, and the life. It is by me that you come; it is I that you come to, and in me you remain. How do you wish to go? I am the way. Where do you wish to go? I am the truth. Where do you wish to remain? I am the life. Christ as God is the fatherland where we are going;Christ as man is the way we must travel" - Saint Augustine (On Christian Doctrine, 1, 34).Saint AugustineCorona PrayerNone
Truth (Veritas)"In order to be a friend of somebody, there is a need first of all to be a friend of truth." - Saint Augustine (Letter 155, 1)Saint AugustineBoff, Clodovis M, "The Way of the Communion of Goods: The Rule of St. Augustine", 49None
Truth (Veritas)"Late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient and yet so new, late have I loved you. You were always there inside me and I was running around outside. I was looking for you out there, and confused as I was, I threw myself upon those beautiful things that you had made. You were always in me, but I was not always in you. Created things kept me apart from you even though they themselves could only exist in you. You called and shouted and finally broke through my deafness. You blazed forth and shone brightly and finally broke through my blindness." - Saint Augustine, Confessions 10.27.38Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5, 207Nonehttps://augustinianspirituality.org/2020/08/10/the-rule-of-saint-augustine/#42
Truth (Veritas)"The Lord will help me to speak the truth if I do not speak on my own authority. For if I speak on my own authority, I will be a shepherd nourishing myself and not the sheep. However, if my words are the Lord's, then he is nourishing you no matter who speaks." - Saint Augustine (Sermon 46, 1-2).Saint AugustineBreviary - 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time (p. 255)None
Truth (Veritas)"What then brothers are we to say of God? For if you have understood what you want to say, it is not God. If you have been able to understand, you have understood something other than God" - Saint Augustine (Sermon 52, 6)Saint AugustineAugustinian.org "Augustine for Today" Sep 1None
Truth (Veritas)“The happy life is joy based on truth. This is joy grounded in you, O God, who are the truth, my illumination, the salvation of my face, my God” – Confessions, 10.23.33None
Unity (Unitas)"We joked, we went deep into our conversations. If we sometimes disagreed, it was without malice, as someone might disagree with himself. Our rare disputes helped remind us of our usual harmony. Each had something to learn from the others, and something to teach in return. If any were absent, we would look forward to their return. We would be glad to see them back. Such were the signs of friendship, springing from hearts that loved and knew that they were loved, signs to be read in smiles, in glances, in words, and in countless gestures of friendship. So our hearts were set alight by the flame of friendship. And many minds were united as one." - Saint Augustine (Confessions, 4, 4, 5-6).Saint AugustineConfessions, O'Rourke, p. 138NoneConfessions IV
Unity (Unitas)"All who love their brothers and sisters put up with everything for the sake of unity, because neighborly love consists in the unity of love. Suppose an evil person would offend you, or one whom you judge to be evil or even only image to be so. Would you, abandon so many others who are good?" - Sermon on 1 John 1, 12.Saint Augustine"Augustine Day by Day" by RotelleNone
Unity (Unitas)"Bad brother or sister, quarrelsome brother or sister, you are still my brother or sister. You say, just as I say, 'Our Father, Who art in heaven.' Why, then, are we not together in one? It is not a friend, not a neighbor, who orders us to be in harmony, but rather He to Whom we say, 'Our Father.' We have together one voice before our Father. Why do we not have one peace together?" - Saint Augustine (Sermon on John 26, 11).Saint Augustine"Augustine By Day" by Rotelle Oct 15None
Unity (Unitas)“Friendship begins in the home with the married couple and their children and from there moves on to strangers. But since we all have one father and mother (Adam and Eve) who can be a stranger? Every human being is neighbor to every other human being. Even those you do not know share in your humanity. Is this person known as a friend? Let them stay as a friend. Is this person your enemy? Let them become a friend” – Sermon 229D, 1.None
Unity (Unitas)“We need the gifts of others to make up for what is lacking in ourselves.” — St. Augustine, Commentary on the Psalms, 125, 13Saint Augustinehttps://malvernprep.schoolforms.org/file/about-us/Augustine-21stCLearning.pdfPsalm 125None
Unity (Unitas)“Where there is no envy or fear, differences, far from creating divisions, foster harmony.” —St. Augustine, Holy Virginity, 29Saint Augustinehttps://malvernprep.schoolforms.org/file/about-us/Augustine-21stCLearning.pdfNone
Violence“But it is a higher glory still to stay war itself with a word, than to slay men with the sword, and to procure or maintain peace by peace, not by war. For those who fight, if they are good persons, doubtless seek for peace; nevertheless it is through blood. Your mission, however, is to prevent the shedding of blood. Yours, therefore, is the privilege of averting that calamity which others are under the necessity of producing.” – Saint Augustine (Letter 229)Saint AugustineUnknownNone
Work Life"Every work that effects our union with God in a holy fellowship is a true sacrifice; every work, that is, which is referred to that final end, that ultimate good, by which we are able to be in the true sense happy." - Saint Augustine (City of God, 10, 6).Saint AugustineBreviary, 28th Week of OT Friday (p. 397).None
Work Life"It is a mistake to think that humans were placed in paradise as slaves to servile work. Rather they were given the commission to 'cultivate and guard' the land so that they could experience the special pleasure that comes from doing a work befitting human dignity." - Saint Augustine (A Literal Meaning of Genesis, 8.9.18).Saint Augustine"Day by Day with Saint Augustine" by Donald X. Burt, ISBN 978-0-8146-1519-5None

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[1] The Rule and Constitutions of the Order of Saint Augustine, no. 26.

[2] Ibid., no. 28.


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