Friday, April 4, 2008

St. Augustine, most wise and cherished

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.

Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.

We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.

Unless you believe, you will not understand.

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

St. Augustine

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