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Saint Augustine Quote: “In the Mass the blood of Christ flows anew for sinners.”

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

— Saint Augustine



Saint Augustine Quote: “The true religion has always been one from the beginning, and will always be the same.”

The true religion has always been one from the beginning, and will always be the same.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “When, therefore, man lives according to man, not according to God, he is like the devil.”

When, therefore, man lives according to man, not according to God, he is like the devil.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Cursed is everyone who places his hope in changing the nature of man.”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Blessed is he who devotes his life to great and noble ends, and who forms his well-considered plans with deliberate wisdom.”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “I do not comprehend all that I am. Is the mind, therefore, too limited to possess itself?”

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

— Saint Augustine


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

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Custom is second nature.”

Custom is second nature.

— Saint Augustine


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

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “We made bad use of immortality, and so ended up dying; Christ made good use of mortality, so that we might end up living.”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Salvation is God’s way of making us real people.”

Salvation is God’s way of making us real people.

— Saint Augustine


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

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The world’s verdict is conclusive.”

The world’s verdict is conclusive.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Nothing so casts down the manly mind from it’s height as the fondling of women and those bodily contacts which belong to the married state.”

Nothing so casts down the manly mind from it’s height as the fondling of women and those bodily contacts which belong to the married state.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is not by change of place that we can come nearer to Him who is in every place, but by the cultivation of pure desires and virtuous habits.”

It is not by change of place that we can come nearer to Him who is in every place, but by the cultivation of pure desires and virtuous habits.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “None save great men have been the authors of great heresies.”

None save great men have been the authors of great heresies.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The custom of Mother Church in baptizing infants is certainly not to be scorned, nor is it to be regarded in any way as superfluous, nor is it to be believed that its tradition is anything except apostolic.”

The custom of Mother Church in baptizing infants is certainly not to be scorned, nor is it to be regarded in any way as superfluous, nor is it to be believed that its tradition is anything except apostolic.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “You can live, provided you live; that is, you can live for ever, provided you live a good life.”

You can live, provided you live; that is, you can live for ever, provided you live a good life.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “What matters it to me if someone does not understand this? Let him too rejoice and say, “What is this?” Let him rejoice even at this, and let him love to find you while not finding it out, rather than, while finding it out, not to find you.”

What matters it to me if someone does not understand this? Let him too rejoice and say, “What is this?” Let him rejoice even at this, and let him love to find you while not finding it out, rather than, while finding it out, not to find you.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “God in his omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom He knew not how to give more, in His riches He had not more to give, than the Eucharist.”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “A marriage without children is the world without the sun.”

A marriage without children is the world without the sun.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “If a shameless woman expects to be defiled and then dies of her fierce love because you do not consent, will chastity also be homicide?”

If a shameless woman expects to be defiled and then dies of her fierce love because you do not consent, will chastity also be homicide?

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “What is grace? I know until you ask me; when you ask me, I do not know.”

What is grace? I know until you ask me; when you ask me, I do not know.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.”

The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.

— Saint Augustine


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

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Unhappy is the soul enslaved by the love of anything that is mortal.”

Unhappy is the soul enslaved by the love of anything that is mortal.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Where was my heart to flee for refuge from my heart? Whither was I to fly, where I would not follow? In what place should I not be prey to myself?”

Where was my heart to flee for refuge from my heart? Whither was I to fly, where I would not follow? In what place should I not be prey to myself?

— Saint Augustine


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

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is better that the truth be known than that scandal be covered up.”

It is better that the truth be known than that scandal be covered up.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Our rewards in heaven are a result of God’s crowning His own gifts.”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don’t accept, because you will...”

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don’t accept, because you will...

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “His knowledge is not like ours, which has three tenses; present, past, and future. God’s knowledge has no change or variation.”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Poetry is the Devil’s wine.”

Poetry is the Devil’s wine.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “By means of corporal and temporal things we may comprehend the eternal and the spiritual.”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “There are three ways in which sins are forgiven: in baptism, in prayer, and in the greater humility of penance; yet God does not forgive sins except to the baptized.”

There are three ways in which sins are forgiven: in baptism, in prayer, and in the greater humility of penance; yet God does not forgive sins except to the baptized.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “O Sacrament of Love! O sign of Unity! O bond of Charity! He who would have Life finds here indeed a Life to live in and a Life to live by.”

O Sacrament of Love! O sign of Unity! O bond of Charity! He who would have Life finds here indeed a Life to live in and a Life to live by.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “When I seek you, my God, I seek a blessed life. I shall seek you, so that my soul may live.”

When I seek you, my God, I seek a blessed life. I shall seek you, so that my soul may live.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Feast of Willibrord of York, Archbishop of Utrecht, Apostle of Frisia, 739 Other sins find their vent in the accomplishment of evil deeds, whereas pride lies in wait for good deeds, to destroy them.”

Feast of Willibrord of York, Archbishop of Utrecht, Apostle of Frisia, 739 Other sins find their vent in the accomplishment of evil deeds, whereas pride lies in wait for good deeds, to destroy them.

— Saint Augustine


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

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Nothing is so much to be shunned as sex relations.”

Nothing is so much to be shunned as sex relations.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Do not believe yourself healthy. Immortality is health; this life is a long sickness.”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “It is not that we keep His commandments first and that then He loves but that He loves us and then we keep His commandments. This is that grace which is revealed to the humble but hidden from the proud.”

It is not that we keep His commandments first and that then He loves but that He loves us and then we keep His commandments. This is that grace which is revealed to the humble but hidden from the proud.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “This world’s a bubble.”

This world’s a bubble.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “My mother spoke of Christ to my father, by her feminine and childlike virtues, and, after having borne his violence without a murmur or complaint, gained him at the close of his life to Christ.”

My mother spoke of Christ to my father, by her feminine and childlike virtues, and, after having borne his violence without a murmur or complaint, gained him at the close of his life to Christ.

— Saint Augustine


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

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “What are kingdoms without justice? They’re just gangs of bandits.”

What are kingdoms without justice? They’re just gangs of bandits.

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “The world is a great book, of which they that never stir from home read only a page.”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Even the straws under my knees shout to distract me from prayer.”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “Nothing whatever pertaining to godliness and real holiness can be accomplished without grace .”

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

— Saint Augustine


Saint Augustine Quote: “By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.”

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

— Saint Augustine

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