A priest friend in the great state of Texas sends:
From a sermon by St. Augustine sometime after the sack of Rome in 410:
“Do not hold on to the old man, the world; do not refuse to regain your youth in Christ, who says to you: “The world is passing away, the world is losing its grip, the world is short of breath. Do not fear,Thy youth shall be renewed as an eagle”
He likened the decline of his civilization to the olive press. Christians who are faithful under pressure yield a higher quality of pure oil.