St. Augustine of Hippo Quotes

Dont hold yourselves cheap, seeing that the creator of all things and of you estimates your value so high, so dear, that he pours out for you every day the most precious blood of his only-begotten Son.

St. Augustine of Hippo

When the apostle James was talking about faith and works against those who thought their faith was enough, and didnt want to have good works, he said, You believe God is one; you do well; the demons also believe, and tremble.

St. Augustine of Hippo

I too have sworn heedlessly and all the time, I have had this most repulsive and death-dealing habit. Im telling your graces; from the moment I began to serve God, and saw what evil there is in forswearing oneself, I grew very afraid indeed, and out of fear I applied the brakes to this old, old, habit.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Charity is the root of all good works.

St. Augustine of Hippo

He who created you without you will not justify you without you.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Rome has spoken; the case is concluded.

St. Augustine of Hippo

So there you are; listen; as I said, God "worships" us in the sense of tending our worth. That we worship God, of course, doesn't need proving to you. It's on everybody's lips, after all, that human beings worship God. That God, though, worships human beings, it's enough to frighten hearers out of their wits, because people are not in the habit of saying that God worships human beings - in that special sense - but that human beings worship God. So I've got to prove to you that God too does "worship" human beings, or you will consider, perhaps, that I have used the word very carelessly, and begin arguing against me in your thoughts, and finding fault with me because you don't in fact grasp what I have been saying. So it's agreed that this is what has to be demonstrated to you: that God also "worships" us; but in the sense I have already mentioned, that he tends our worth as his field, to make improvements in us. The Lord says in the gospel: I am the vine, you are the branches; my Father is the farm worker (Jn 15:5,1). What does a farm worker do? I'm asking you, those of you who are farm workers and farmers. What does a farm worker do? I presume he works his farm, that is, tends its worth, that is, "worships" it, in a sense. So if God the Father is a farmer or farm worker, it means he has a farm, and he works or "worships" his farm, and expects a crop from it.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.

St. Augustine of Hippo

The dove loves when it quarrels; the wolf hates when it flatters.

St. Augustine of Hippo

The fellow who eggs you on to avenge yourself will rob you of what you were going to say as we forgive our debtors. When you have forfeited that, all your sins will be held against you; absolutely nothing is forgiven.

St. Augustine of Hippo

So give to the poor; Im begging you, Im warning you, Im commanding you, Im ordering you.

St. Augustine of Hippo

Anger is a weed; hate is the tree.

St. Augustine of Hippo

But it isnt just a matter of faith, but of faith and works. Each is necessary. For the demons also believe you heard the apostle- and tremble (Jas 2:19); but their believing doesnt do them any good. Faith alone is not enough, unless works too are joined to it: Faith working through love (Gal 5:6), says the apostle.

St. Augustine of Hippo

We make a ladder of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot.

St. Augustine of Hippo

God is one, and the Church is a unity; only unity can respond to him who is one. But there are some people why say, Yes, that certainly was the case. The Church spread among all nations did respond to him, bearing more children than did the wedded wife. It responded to him in the way of his strength, for it believed that Christ had risen. All nations believed in him. But that Church which was drawn from all nations no longer exists: it has perished. So say people who are not within the Church. What an impudent assertion! The Church does not exist because you are not in it? Be careful lest such an attitude result in your not existing yourself, for the Church will be here even if you are not. But the Spirit of God anticipated this abominable, detestable assertion, this claim full of presumption and falsehood, a claim with nothing to support it, illumined by no spark of wisdom, seasoned by no salt. Gods Spirit anticipated this empty, unfounded, foolhardy and pernicious proposition and seemingly refuted it in advance by proclaiming that the Church is united by the gathering of the people together into one, and kingdoms to serve the Lord.

St. Augustine of Hippo
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