St. Augustine of Hippo Quotes

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

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

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.

St. Augustine of Hippo

As the soul is the life of the body, so God is the life of the soul. As therefore the body perishes when the soul leaves it, so the soul dies when God departs from it.

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

Venerate the martyrs, praise, love, proclaim, honor them. But worship the God of the martyrs.

St. Augustine of Hippo

So if you can manage it, you shouldnt touch your partner, except for the sake of having children.

St. Augustine of Hippo

So they (the pagans) are going to say, You tell me that Christ has risen again, and from that you hope for the resurrection of the dead; but Christ was in a position to rise from the dead. And now he begins to praise Christ, not in order to do him honor, but to make you despair. It is the deadly cunning of the serpent, to turn you away from Christ by praising Christ, to extol deceitfully the one he doesnt dare to disparage. He exaggerates the sovereign majesty of Christ in order to make him out quite unique, to stop you hoping for anything like what was demonstrated in his rising again. And he seems, apparently, to be all the more religiously respectful of Christ, when he says, Look at the person who dares compare himself to Christ, so that just because Christ rose again, he can imagine that he's going to rise again too! Don't let this perverse praise of your emperor disturb you. The insidious tricks of the enemy may disturb you, but the humility and humanity of Christ should console you. This man emphasizes how high above you Christ has been lifted up; Christ, though, says how low he came down to you.

St. Augustine of Hippo

He who sings prays twice.

St. Augustine of Hippo
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