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Posted on Jun 19, 2014 in Featured

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A Saint For Our Times by Fr. Robert Malagesi, MSSCC

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 in The Messenger

I will write about a very special person in Catholic history whose life story is perfect for responding to the immoral culture focused only on self, that is affecting our society today. The person that I am referring to is St. Augustine.  He lived from 354 to 430 A.D.  When we look at those dates, we may think, what did he know about life, and what affects me today in 2013?  You see, St. Augustine was a very intelligent young man who found school to be very boring.  However, he had a heart that was restless in its search for meaning and truth in life, but, he wanted to search in his own ways, which many times led him down the wrong paths.  He also sought the pleasurable things of life, and so, he lived in a sinful way with a woman outside of marriage for 15 years, and then with another woman for a brief time after the first relationship ended. St. Augustine also had a mother (St. Monica), who loved him and prayed for him faithfully for years, frequently to the point of shedding many tears, seeking his conversion from his sinful life, and turning to a life with God.  Her prayers were answered when at around 33 years old, he was Baptized, along with his son Adeodatus, who would die shortly after at the age of 17. While many books have been written about, and even by St. Augustine himself, that contain such profound words of inspiration in showing us how we can have hope in that we also can become saints, I will conclude with just one quote.  In it he reflects on how he lived his life, always seeking to be happy without realizing that we are really meant to be holy, and it is only in God that all our desires of our heart will be able to be fulfilled.  “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.” Holiness is never beyond us, it just requires our willingness to cooperate with God’s grace and allow Him to fill our hearts with His love.  Blessed be the Sacred Hearts!! Featured from the Fall 2013 edition of The...

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