Friday, August 28, 2009

ST. AUGUSTINE (354-430)

"Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O Lord" - St. Augustine." Yesterday the saintly mother, today the son for whom she prayed. As we honor St. Augustine, who is one of Pope Benedict’s favorite theologians, let us lift up his intentions. Our reflection continues his Angelus Message of August 27, 2006. As for Augustine, his whole life was a passionate search for the truth. In the end, not without a long inner torment, he found in Christ the ultimate and full meaning of his own life and of the whole of human history. In adolescence, attracted by earthly beauty, he "flung himself" upon it - as he himself confides (cf. Confessions, 10, 27-38) - with selfish and possessive behavior that caused his pious mother great pain. But through a toilsome journey and thanks also to her prayers, Augustine became always more open to the fullness of truth and love until his conversion, which happened in Milan under the guidance of the Bishop, St Ambrose. He thus remained the model of the journey towards God, supreme Truth and supreme Good. "Late have I loved you", he wrote in the famous book of the Confessions, "beauty, ever ancient and ever new, late have I loved you. You were within me and I was outside of you, and it was there that I sought you.... You were with me and I was not with you.... You called, you cried out, you pierced my deafness. You shone, you struck me down, and you healed my blindness" (ibid.). May St Augustine obtain the gift of a sincere a nd profound encounter with Christ for all those young people who, thirsting for happiness, are seeking it on the wrong paths and getting lost in blind alleys. St Monica and St Augustine invite us to turn confidently to Mary, Seat of Wisdom. Let us entrust Christian parents to her so that, like Monica, they may accompany their children's progress with their own example and prayers. Let us commend youth to the Virgin Mother of God so that, like Augustine, they may always strive for the fullness of Truth and Love which is Christ: he alone can satisfy the deepest desires of the human heart. Favourite Words of St. Augustine "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you." "It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels." "It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr." "God loves each of us as if there were only one of us."

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