Your duty is to sanctify yourself. Yes, even you. Who thinks that this task is only for priests and religious? To everyone, without exception, our Lord said: Be ye perfect, as my heavenly Father is perfect. St. Josemaria

Friday, August 28, 2009

“This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.”

Today is the Feast Day of St. Augustine, the patron of our Blog for this year which was pick by JMJ.

Here are some of these great quotes for St. Augustine.

"God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering."

Think about how there is not one soul on earth that does not suffer, not even Christ. The question is what do we do with that suffering? Do we offer back to God for the good of the world, for the souls who need it, for our own families, or do we do nothing with it? There has been many times that all I do is complain about this or that but the times that I use those suffering moments and offer them to God, it seem to be a bit less suffering to it. (does that make sense?)

"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe."

To have true faith in the Holy Eucharist is by itself a miracle for us, for its so hard to believe that His body and blood is given to us, that He is there waiting for us, wanting us to visit Him and be with Him..The King of Kings..

He so loves us...

May we believe!

"Lord, I believe, help my unbelief " Mark 9:24

"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."

Now, this quote seems to be so true in the our world ... especially with our Beautiful faith, Our Church... how many believe in some teachings but not others... I may not understand many of the teachings of the Church (yet, working on it) but I honestly believe in it. I believe (the Nicene-Constantinople Creed),
"We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven. By the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended in heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen."

The last quote from St.Augustine that is one of my favorite is
"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."

We are God instruments.. we just can't pray for this or not and do nothing about it.. We must work it.. for in that work we become Saints... we must do "Opus Dei" God's work! How many times have I pray.. Oh.. God help here or there, etc, etc.. seems same story and yet I do nothing about it.. As this prayer is a magic wand and BAM!! My prayers are answered.. Well some time that does happen, but for the most part God wants us to work as He would for us!

God bless you!

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