Tag Archives: St. Augustine

Happy Birthday St. Augustine!

Today is the birthday of St. Augustine of Hippo (354).  We actually know his birthday because he tells us in one of his Cassiciacum dialogues (De beata vita 6). It is therefore also the feast of all the saints of the … Continue reading

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Reflection on the election.

The Roman historian Livy wrote about the terminal decline of the Roman Republic that “Nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus… We can bear neither our vices nor the remedies.” Alas, I fear that our vices have called forth precisely … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants

Our Lord promised us that Hell would not prevail against the Church. He did not promise that Hell would not prevail in the USA, or in your town or parish. Today we are seeing a shrinking of Holy Church in many … Continue reading

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29 August – Beheading of St. John the Baptist: diminishing returns

Today is the feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist. I consider this (also) my name day, and in so many ways it is more appropriate for me than the Nativity of John in June. Here is the Roman … Continue reading

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“Judas could have left, as many of the disciples did; he would have left if he were honest.”

The Holy Father’s Angelus address from last Sunday. There is something intriguing here. The full text of Pope Benedict’s Angelus message is below with my emphases and comments: Dear brothers and sisters! In the past few Sundays we have meditated … Continue reading

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The bones of St. Augustine

Yesterday, I posted about the bones of St. Monnica, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo.  Today we move to the mortal remains of her sainted son. Augustine died on 28 August 430. Sometime before the early 8th century, Augustine’s … Continue reading

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“Certain offices in human society require the officeholder to be loved and feared of men.”

Here is a little Patristiblogger offering for your midday consideration. This morning a priest friend and I were talking about the problems of leadership and being hated, loved, or feared. Classic question: Is it better to be loved or feared? … Continue reading

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“He must increase. I must decrease.” A note on the Summer Solstice

Today is the Summer Solstice.  From now, our northern hemispheric days get shorter, as the world’s tilt starts changing our daily/seasonal clocks. I wonder if the LCWR leadership have special plans tonight! An ancient Augustinian sermon made a connection between … Continue reading

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St. Augustine, the Trinity, and the Boy

I used an image in my entry about the Post Communion prayer for Mass of the Most Holy Trinity which drew comments in email. The image, a painting by Botticelli, depicts the legendary meeting of St. Augustine with a boy … Continue reading

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Ecce vide, pulchra sumus

In rooting around in my things while writing an article for the paper, I found a great quote of Augustine. For Augustine all created things in the universe, even inanimate things, both give witness to God and give Him glory. … Continue reading

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A Sunday afternoon riff on salty bread and Chinese noodles

I am enjoying a break in my evening for a bit of frivolous entertainment. I was going to watch Bladerunner, but opted for something considerably lighter. However, in a moment of post-modern self-conscious connection-making I’ll make a connection between this … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI’s Sermon for Chrism Mass: hits hard about priesthood, disobedience, zeal for souls

The Holy Father’s sermon for Holy Thursday Chrism Mass (in the morning, not the even “Last Supper” Mass). UPDATE: This sermon is starting to get some sizzle.  The New York Times is out and the head line is “Pope Assails … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Formula for distribution of Communion in Ordinary Form

From a priest: Do you know when exactly the formula for giving Communion to the faithful was changed? In the Ordinary Form the minister says “Corpus Christi… The Body of Christ” and the communicant responds “Amen”. In the Extraordinary Form … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI’s sermon for Mass in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium: “Every one of us is faced with this choice.”

The Holy Father’s Mass in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium continues as I write.  The music for the offertory was as bad as anything I have ever heard for a Papal Mass anywhere.  But I digress. I love this quote from Augustine … Continue reading

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St. Pope Sixtus III: fascinating correspondence with Augustine

It is nice to make connections which show us how the Church was always alive throughout the centuries before our own time. Today is the feast of St. Pope Sixtus III, whom you will remember as having been involved with … Continue reading

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