Monday, April 4, 2011

Don't Hold onto the Old Man, the World

"The man who enters [this church] is bound to see drunkards, misers, tricksters, gamblers, adulterers, fornicators, people wearing amulets, assiduous clients of sorcerers, astrologers. He must be warned that the same crowd that press into the churches on Christian festivals also fill the theaters on pagan holidays...

"Wherever the towering mass of the theater is erected, there the foundations of Christian virtue is undermined, and while this insane expenditure gives to the sponsors a glorious result, men mock at the works of mercy....

"It is only charity that distinguishes the children of God from the children of the Devil. They all make the sign of the cross, answer 'Amen' and sing Alleluia, they all go to church and build up the walls of the basilicas....

"Take away the barriers afforded by the laws! Men's brazen capacity to do harm, their urge to self-indulgence would rage to the full. No king in his kingdom, no general with his troops...no husband with his wife, no father with his son, could hope to stop, by any threat or punishment, the license that would follow the sheer sweet taste of sinning....

"Give me a man in love, he knows what I mean. Give me one who yearns; give me on who is hungry; give me one who is far away in this desert, who is thirsty and sighs for the spring of the Eternal Country. Give me that sort of man; he knows what I mean. But if I speak to a cold man, he just doesn't know what I am talking about....

"You are surprised the world is losing its grip? That the world is grown old? Don't hold onto the old man, the world; don't refuse to regain your youth in Christ, Who says to you: 'The world is passing away; the world is losing its grip, the world is short of breath. Don't fear, they youth shall be renewed as an eagle.'" ~ St. Augustine of Hippo

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