Category Archives: St. Augustine of Hippo

Born: 13 November 354, Thagaste, Numidia (now Souk Ahras, Algeria)
Reposed: 28 August 430, Hippo Regius, Numidia (now modern-day Annaba, Algeria)
Feast Day: 15 June

St. Augustine: . . . At what time the infant begins to live in the womb . . .

Icon of St. Augustine of Hippo“And therefore the following question may be very carefully inquired into and discussed by learned men, though I do not know whether it is in man’s power to resolve it: At what time the infant begins to live in the womb: whether life exists in a latent form before it manifests itself in the motions of the living being. To deny that the young who are cut out limb by limb from the womb, lest if they were left there dead the mother should die too, have never been alive, seems too audacious. Now, from the time that a man begins to live, from that time it is possible for him to die. And if he die, wheresoever death may overtake him, I cannot discover on what principle he can be denied an interest in the resurrection of the dead.”

St. Augustine, Enchiridion 23.86

St. Augustine: If you believe what you like in the gospels . . .

Icon of St. Augustine of Hippo“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.”

— St. Augustine

St. Augustine: Believe that others are better than you . . .

Icon of St. Augustine of Hippo“Believe that others are better than you in the depths of their soul, although outwardly you may appear better than they.”

— St. Augustine

St. Augustine: . . . I most firmly believe that the authors were completely free from error. . . .

Icon of St. Augustine of Hippo“For I confess to your Charity that I have learned to yield this respect and honour only to the canonical books of Scripture: of these alone do I most firmly believe that the authors were completely free from error. And if in these writings I am perplexed by anything which appears to me opposed to truth, I do not hesitate to suppose that either the manuscript is faulty, or the translator has not caught the meaning of what was said, or I myself have failed to understand it.”

— St. Augustine, Letter to St. Jerome, 1:3

St. Augustine: Find out how much God has given you . . .

Icon of St. Augustine of Hippo“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.”

— St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine: What is perfection in love . . .

Icon of St. Augustine of Hippo“What is perfection in love? Love your enemies in such a way that you would desire to make them your brothers … For so did He love, Who hanging on the Cross, said ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.'” (Luke 23:34)

— St. Augustine of Hippo, Sermons on I John, I.9

St. Augustine: God has promised forgiveness

Icon of St. Augustine of Hippo“God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.”

St. Augustine of Hippo