Sin is Energy in the wrong channel.
Nothing is so much to be shunned as sex relations.
Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient and ever new! Late have I loved you! And, behold, you were within me, and I out of myself, and there I searched for you.
Idolatry is worshipping anything that ought to be used, or using anything that is meant to be worshipped.
Such is the strength of the burden of habit. Here I have the power to be but do not wish it. There I wish to be but lacks the power. On both grounds, I'm in misery.
Is any man skillful enough to have fashioned himself?
There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart. Saint Augus
O eternal truth and true love and beloved eternity! You are my God; to you I sigh by day and by night. And when I first knew you, you raised me up so that I could see that there was something to see and that I still lacked the ability to see it. And you beat back the weakness of my sight, blazing up
The greatest evil is physical pain. Saint Augus
God Almighty would in no way permit evil in His works were He not so omnipotent and good that even out of evil He could work good.
We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs. Saint Augustin
The verdict of the world is conclusive. Saint Augustin
Whoever, therefore, thinks that he understands the divine scriptures or any part of them so that it does not build on the double love of God and of our neighbor does not understand it at all. Thus a man supported by faith, hope, and charity, with an unshaken hold upon them does not need the scriptur
Our life is a gymnasium of desire.... When Christians say "God," what do we wish to express? This word is all that we yearn for."
Cantare amantis est ... Singing belongs to one who loves." (s. 336, 1 â€“ PL 38, 1472).
I had a clear idea about what time is till I was asked to explain it and ceased to understand it altogether as soon as I began explaining it.
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. -Ronald Reagan In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
Temporal punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by some after death, by some both here and hereafter, but all of them before that last and strictest judgment. But not all who suffer temporal punishments after death will come to eternal punishments, which are to follow after that judgmen
You (God) have not only commanded continence, that is, from what things we are to restrain our love, but also justice, that is, on what we are to bestow our love.
My love for you, Lord, is not an uncertain feeling, but a matter of concious certainty. With your word you pierced my heart, and I loved you. But heaven and earth and everything in them on all sides tell me to love you.
Without the Spirit we can neither love God nor keep His commandments.
I did not find you outside, O Lord, because I made the mistake of seeking outside you who were within
He pleaseth God whom God pleaseth.
If there is something more excellent than the truth, then that is God; if not, then truth itself is God.
Everyone who observes himself doubting observes a truth, and about that which he observes he is certain; therefore he is certain about a truth. Everyone therefore who doubts whether truth exists has in himself a truth on which not to doubt.... Hence one who can doubt at all ought not to doubt the ex
What do I love when I love my God?
Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.
Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.
And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.
Patience is the companion of wisdom. Saint Augustin