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St. Augustine

All Aboard the Meme Express – Thursday, November 13, 2008


St Augustine

By Sandro Botticello

1480


Aurelius Augustine (Saint Augustine), early Christian Church Father and bishop of Hippo (now located in Algeria), was born on November 13, 354 A.D. St. Augustine’s remaining written works include The City of God and Confessions.


Today, the Meme Express prompt offers a selection of quotations from St. Augustine:


“Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.”


Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.”


“Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being.”


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


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


“Give me chastity and continence, but not quite yet.”


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


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


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


“Love is the beauty of the soul.”


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


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


“The purpose of all wars, is peace.”


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


How might you use one or more of these St. Augustine quotations in a blog post today? You might choose to agree or disagree with any of these statements. Possibly, you may recount a personal experience that reflects one of these ideas from this early Christian Church founder. Indeed, you might decide to refute one of these statements.


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