Friday, May 3, 2013

A Voice from the Past - Augustine

Let us run, believing, hoping, longing; let us run, subjugating the body, cheerfully and heartily doing alms, - in giving kindnesses and forgiving injuries, praying that our strength may be helped as we run; and let us listen to the commandments which urge us to perfection, as not to neglect running toward the fulness of love.

Augustine of Hippo, 354-430, On Man's Perfection in Righteousness, Chapter VII (19) (translated by Peter Holmes and Robert Ernest Wallis, The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series, Vol. 5, Philip Schaff, T & T Clark and Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1997, p. 165)

How can we make the fullness of love the goal of our life? What things can hinder us in this?


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