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O Beauty Ever Ancient, Ever New


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I couldn’t sleep. So I found a moment, spending time with one of my favorites, on his feast day. We were walking through how St. Augustine Florida got its name. And of course, our Lord brings me His peace, in teaching me that rivals and political fighting have always been things of worldly souls.

Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés was sent by Spain (Catholic) to protect Spanish interests as international rivalries began to play out across the Atlantic. France (Huguenots) were to be expelled. In finding this, quite interesting by the way, it brought me comfort in the way in how when we look at our past, in Truth, the more things change, the more our Lord stays the same.

“In retrospect, the decision to name the town St. Augustine seems to have been a fitting one. During its history of over 450 years, the town, like its namesake, has experienced its share of struggles. St. Augustine has been burned and looted on several occasions by pirates, hostile natives and rival Europeans. It has changed hands from country to country four times(!). During the civil rights movement, it was the location of numerous protests and counter attacks.”

And yet, remained named St. Augustine. How many attacks have we, the Church faced over the 2000 year history? How many struggles? And yet, she remains because our Lord remains.

“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.”

St. Augustine of Hippo, pray for us

And now, rest.

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Yes


“Love God and [then] do what you will.” – Saint Augustine

When you truly love God and his will, then doing what you will, will be doing what God wills.
Love for Him must outweigh all other loves. Your love for Him, must be the “Cornerstone” of your entire life. Be willing then, to allow Him, to love you back.

Luke 1:38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

When Mama Mary said yes to God, her will became Gods will. To think for a second, that she could forget what the Angle Gabriel had told her, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” is like her forgetting she was a woman. Her trust in and love for God was so great, that this event became her life. At the very second she said yes, her will then became God’s will. She held everything from that moment on, in her heart, and even the closeness and unconditional love she had for her Son, our Lord, could not match the love she had for God the Father. Every moment after the Annunciation, in her life, became retrospect back to the moment of saying yes to God.

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Grabbing Onto The Branches


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

I can’t help but ponder how many Saints we have and how much they have played a part in my life. Their works, and how so many of their ways carry great influence. It is imposable for me to pick just one and pinpoint in particular, THAT is the one because Jesus Christ is the One. Which one I can say was the first “Branch” I grabbed on to, without a doubt, Saint Augustine of Hippo.

The works and words of the Saints I would have to compare to branches hanging low enough to be used for leverage, help off the “Jungle” floor. On the jungle floor, the food is picked over and rotting unless you can catch it as it is falling. It will sustain you for a time, but its never enough. You have to forage in the trees. Not to mention, there are a lot of predators on the floor. You have to jump up onto one branch. But if you stay on that one, you never move to where you need to be. You just swing back and forth and eventually run out of food. What I have seen, is all the branches have much to offer. The goal is to keep climbing, eating, drinking what they have to offer, until you reach the “Vine” where all the fruit and branches are visible. Where the “Light” is bright enough to sustain the branches that produce the fruit. Where the supply is abundant.

The second you let go of the “Branches” becoming “Spooked” by the wind, you will fall back to the floor of the jungle.

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. Saint Augustine

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