The Light of Lights – St. Augustine

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When our Lord Jesus Christ shall come and “bring to light things hidden in darkness and make plain the secrets of the heart, so that everyone may receive his commendation from God”, then lamps will no longer be needed. [When we] behold the true and dear light without such aids, what shall we see? With what shall our minds be … Read More

Palm Sunday – Augustine

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What a cross of mental suffering must the Jewish rulers have endured when they heard so great a multitude proclaiming Christ as their King! But what honour was it to the Lord to be King of Israel? What great thing was it to the King of eternity to become the King of men? For Christ’s kingship over Israel was not … Read More

What Do I Love, When I Love My God? – Augustine

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“But when I love you, what do I love?  It is not physical beauty nor temporal glory nor the brightness of light dear to earthly eyes, nor the sweet melodies of all kinds of songs, nor the gentle odour of flowers and ointments and perfumes, nor manna or honey, nor limbs welcoming the embraces of the flesh; it is not … Read More

Augustine’s Preaching Style

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This morning I came across a sermon by Augustine from around the end of the 4th Century AD.  It is on John 1:34-51 and its format fascinated me. Firstly, it is so recognisable to a contemporary Christian setting.  For example he begins almost conversationally: “We rejoice at your numbers, for you have come together with readiness and in greater numbers than … Read More