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Thursday, August 22, 2019

St Augustine Pray For Us with Pastor Carlos

St Augustine Pray For Us

Although his actual feast day is on Wednesday, it has been a tradition here at St Patrick’s, to remember St Augustine on the closest Sunday to his actual feast day, so that is why the readings today are proper to his feast.

St Augustine taught that we were made with a desire for God, and yet, that desire is often blinded and misdirected. Oftentimes, this teaching is used to explain sin: when we sin, we are seeking God in the wrong places. For example, the misdirected desire for God may express itself in a desire for power, causing from personal quarrels to wars among nations.

On the other hand, we can take the teaching of being made for God, and think of the many good, morally upright people who see God as irrelevant. I think St. Augustine would say that they ignore the transcendental aspect, namely, that they were made for God and we are mere pilgrims on this earth. The desire to be good, is itself a gift from God; and goodness itself is a divine attribute, but in taking the credit, we may be falling into pride or vainglory, which often lurk behind good actions.

We were made for God, and God desires to share the fullness of divine life with us. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Way for us to share in that fullness of life. As we remember St Augustine today, let us also ask him to pray for us, that the grace of God, may continue shaping and forming us, so all our desires are expressed in loving God, and loving one an-other as Christ loves us.

God bless, Fr. Carlos, OSA

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