St. Augustine of Hippo Quotes

Certainly He says this for me, for thee, for this other man, since He bears His body, the Church. Unless you imagine, brethren, that when He said: My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from Me (Matt. 26:39), it was the Lord that feared to die. . . . But Paul longed to die, that he might be with Christ. What? The Apostle desires to die, and Christ Himself should fear death? What can this mean, except that He bore our infirmity in Himself, and uttered these words for those who are in His body and still fear death? It is from these that the voice came; it was the voice of His members, not of the Head. When He said, My soul is sorrowful unto death (Matt. 26:38), He manifested Himself in thee, and thee in Himself. And when He said, My God, my God, why has Thou forsaken Me? (Matt. 27:46), the words He uttered on the cross were not His own, but ours.

St. Augustine of Hippo

On the words of Ps. 21:3: "O My God, I shall cry day by day, and Thou wilt not hear".

St. Augustine of Hippo

He who disdained not to assume us unto Himself, did not disdain to take our place and speak our words, in order that we might speak His words.

St. Augustine of Hippo

He no more wished to speak alone than He wished to exist alone, since He says: Behold, I am with you all days, unto the consummation of the world (Matt. 28:20). If He is with us, then He speaks in us, He speaks of us, and He speaks through us; and we too speak in Him.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Though absent from our eyes, Christ our Head is bound to us by love. Since the whole Christ is Head and body, let us so listen to the voice of the Head that we may also hear the body speak.

St. Augustine of Hippo

What has the Church done to thee, that thou shouldst wish to decapitate her? Thou wouldst take away her Head, and believe in the Head alone, despising the body. Vain is thy service, and false thy devotion to the Head. For to sever it from the body is an injury to both Head and body.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Christ Himself has said: They are no longer two, but they are one flesh (Matt. 19:6). Is it strange then, if they are one flesh, that they should have one tongue and should say the same words, since they are one flesh, Head and body? Let us therefore hear them as one. But let us listen to the Head speaking as Head, and to the body speaking as the body. We do not separate the two realities, but two different dignities; for the Head saves, and the body is saved.

St. Augustine of Hippo

In order to understand the Scriptures, it is absolutely necessary to know the whole, complete Christ, that is, Head and members. For sometimes Christ speaks in the name of the Head alone ... sometimes in the name of His body, which is the holy Church spread over the entire earth. And we are in His body ... and we hear ourselves speaking in it, for the Apostle tells us: We are members of His body (Eph. 5:30). In many places does the Apostle tell us this.

St. Augustine of Hippo

The true servants of God are not solicitous that He should order them to do what they desire to do, but that they may desire to do what He orders them to do.

St. Augustine of Hippo

It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Thou hast made us for Thyself, and the heart never resteth till it findeth rest in Thee.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Give, O Lord, what Thou commandest, and then command what Thou wilt.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Christ is not valued at all unless He be valued above all.

St. Augustine of Hippo

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

St. Augustine of Hippo

The verdict of the world is conclusive.

St. Augustine of Hippo

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

St. Augustine of Hippo
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