St. Augustine (354-430) was born at Tagaste, Africa, and died in Hippo. His father, Patricius, was a pagan; his mother, Monica, a devout Christian. He received a good Christian education. As a law student in Carthage, however, he gave himself to all kinds of excesses and finally joined the Manichean sect. He then taught rhetoric at Milan where he was converted by St. Ambrose. Returning to Tagaste, he distributed his goods to the poor, and was ordained a priest. He was made bishop of Hippo at the age of 41 and became a great luminary of the African Church, one of the four great founders of religious orders, and a Doctor of the universal Church.
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
'A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.'
'Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.'
'Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.'
'Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.'
'Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.'
'Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.'
'God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.'
'God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.'
'He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.'
'He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.'
'Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.'
PRAYER OF ST. AUGUSTINE - EVER ANCIENT, EVER NEW
Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.