Saint Augustine quote of the week

“God crowns his own gifts in us.”

This was quoted by our new assistant pastor in his sermon this week.  It was a saying of Augustine’s that I hadn’t heard before.  I really like it, and will be spending some time this week contemplating what he meant by this.  Would be interested in hearing how others interpret this.

Quote of the week

NOT a Saint Augustine quote this week.  I have been reading a lot of Mary Gordon short stories lately.  Faith appears frequently as a theme in her fiction.  Here is a quote I love from one of her characters:

“She said the point of faith wasn’t that it brought certainty, but that it allowed you a place of trust.”

Saint Augustine quote of the week


Saint Augustine quote of the week

“Because God has made us for himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in him.”

This week’s quote is from Saint Ambrose

downloadSaint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, was instrumental in Saint Augustine’s conversion to Christianity.  Ambrose was also a close friend and spiritual advisor to Augustine’s mother, Saint Monica.  During her time in Milan, Monica was puzzled about some of the differences in Christian practice in Italy compared to her home in North Africa.  North African Christians fasted on Saturdays; Italian Christians did not.  North African Christians had picnics at the graves of departed loved ones; the Italians frowned on this practice.  Monica asked Ambrose which traditions should be followed.  His response: “If you are at Rome, live in the Roman style.  If you are elsewhere, live as they live there.”  This is the origin of the common saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

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