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St. Monica, Model of Christian Motherhood – Augustine

An account of the death of St. Monica, mother of Augustine, written about 10 years afterwards, in her son's famous book The Confessions.  Read on August 27, feast day of Monica, model of Christian Motherhood. [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']B[/dropcaps]ecause the day when she was...

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St. Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr – Augustine

St. Lawrence (also rendered St. Laurence) was one of the seven deacons of the Church of Rome and was martyred under the Emperor Valerian on the 10th of August 258, four days after Pope Sixtus II and his companions. Little is known of the life...

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Jesus, the Only Way to God – Augustine

Augustine had sought God through an exotic Eastern cult and then through the best that Greco-Roman philosophy had to offer before he finally found Him through the Catholic Christianity that he had rejected as a teen. So he could proclaim from personal experience that Jesus...

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Martha and Mary – Augustine

Here Augustine reflects on hishat famous incident, recorded in Luke 10, when the Lord comes to the home of Martha and Mary.  Martha busies herself with the details of hospitality, anxious and troubled about many things. In the Catholic tradition, Mary, seated at the Lord's...

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My Sacrifice is a Contrite Spirit – Augustine

Augustine discusses the true sacrifice of repentance God desires as he explores Psalm 51, David's expression of sorrow for sin. It is a contrite heart and a humble spirit over our own sin rather than indignation over the sins of others that pleases the...

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The Church, Shepherd of Straying Sheep – Augustine

Augustine shows that even if some pastors are wicked, seeking their own interests rather than Christ's, the Catholic Church herself is Mother and Shepherd who seeks out the straying sheep, cares for the sick and strengthens the weak. She is also like a vine which...

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We Please God, Not Men – Augustine

Augustine here addresses a problem we often face in seeking to do good - we are accused of evil that we do not do and are not given credit for the good we do. He reminds us of the words of both Paul and...

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Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul – Augustine

This excerpt from St. Augustine shows that, as early as the fourth century, Christians celebrated June 29th in honor of Peter and Paul, the two apostles and martyrs who laid down their lives for Christ in the Eternal City of Rome....