Saint Augustine: Restless Hearts

The famous son of Saint Monica, Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo in North Africa, was a brilliant, early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. Augustine is one of the most prominent Church Fathers in Western Christianity, having written The City of God and Confessions. The Rule of Saint Augustine guides and inspires Augustinian Friars, Sisters, lay associations and many other religious communities of men and women in their ministries in all corners of the world. 

Saint Augustine's beautiful writings are inspiring, motivating and prayerful. Enjoy this mini-reflection from his work:

"You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you."

"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like."

"Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering."

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

"God loves each of us as if there were only one of us."

"Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others." 

"Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! Lo, you were within, but I outside, seeking there for you... You called, shouted, broke through my deafness; you flared, blazed, banished my blindness..."

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