Posted by: frroberts | August 27, 2017

Augustinian tidbits

Today Holy Church celebrates the memorial of Augustine of Hippo (354-430).   For most of his life Augustine’s father was a pagan.  His mother, Monica was a devout Catholic.  Augustine himself was not baptized until he was in his thirties and spent most of his twenties living in fornication.  He fathered at least one child out wedlock.    For several years Augustine flirted with an heretical sect, the Manichees.  After baptism Augustine left a promising career in the Roman Imperial court to become a monk in his native Carthage in North Africa.  Against his inclination, Augustine was ordained a priest and then later elected bishop of Hippo.  His life gives those who struggle with sin hope that they can turn their lives around with the help of God’s grace.”You have made our hearts for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

“Give what you command and command what you desire.”  (referring to chastity)

“I should not believe the gospel except as moved by the authority of the Catholic Church.”

“Late have I loved You, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have loved You.”

“If you understand it, it is not God.”

“Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.”

“Love the sinner and hate the sin.”

“An unjust law is no law at all.”

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men into angels.”

“Do not seek to understand in order to believe, but seek believe that you may understand.”

“To sing is the work of the lover.”

“Evil has no positive nature; but the loss of good has received the name “evil.”

“There is no salvation outside of the Church.”

“Love and then do what you will.”

“Rome has spoken; the case is concluded.”

“He who sings prays twice.”

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


  1. Father — Thanks for this post. So many beautiful quotes from Augustine, but the last one I’m having trouble understanding: He who created you without you will not justify you without you.” Help!

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  2. It means that we have to co-operate with grace in order to be saved and get to heaven.


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