Spiritual Growth

Reflections

Sayings of St. Augustine Part I

  • Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

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

The imitation of Christ: "Because of this great sin of pride, God humbled Himself, taking the nature of a servant, bearing insults and hanging on a cross. To heal us, He became humble, shall we not be ashamed to be proud?"

The two commandments: "Keep this always before you: that you are to love God and your neighbor. The love of God is the first to be commanded, but the love of your neighbor us the first to be fulfilled."

The Body of Christ: "The fullness of Christ is head and members: Christ and the Church. He did not wish to separate Himself from us, but deigned to attach Himself to us becoming, "God with us," that we might be with Him.

A sacrifice: "What sacrifice can I offer to God that is worthy of His mercy? Shall I look for a victim from among my herds? No, I will freely offer a sacrifice of praise. Freely, for His sake alone, not for any other reason..."

The alternatives: "There are two births: one of earth and the other of Heaven, one of mortality and the other of eternity, one of human parents, the other of God and the Church."

The devil: "Before the coming of Christ, the devil roamed about. Then the Lord came andbound him. Someone may say, 'If he is bound, why does he so often prevail?' It is perfectly true, brethren, he does often prevail, but it is the tepid and careless and those who do not really fear God that he overcomes.

By: Fr. Mikhail E. Mikhail, D. Min.

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