Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Pithy Quotes From St Augustine

Today the Church celebrates one of her best and brightest. St. Augustine the 5th Century bishop was late to come to repentance but made up for lost time . He spoke out against and helped to extinguish several heresies that were threatening the orthodox teachings of the Church.

Here are some of my favorite St. Augustine Quotes:

"That Bread which you see on the altar, having been sanctified by the word of God IS THE BODY OF CHRIST. That chalice, or rather, what is in that chalice, having been sanctified by the word of God, IS THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. Through that bread and wine the Lord Christ willed to commend HIS BODY AND BLOOD, WHICH HE POURED OUT FOR US UNTO THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS." (Sermons 227)

"The Lord Jesus wanted those whose eyes were held lest they should recognize him, to recognize Him in the breaking of the bread [Luke 24:16,30-35]. The faithful know what I am saying. They know Christ in the breaking of the bread. For not all bread, but only that which receives the blessing of Christ, BECOMES CHRIST'S BODY." (Sermons 234:2)

"What you see is the bread and the chalice; that is what your own eyes report to you. But what your faith obliges you to accept is that THE BREAD IS THE BODY OF CHRIST AND THE CHALICE [WINE] THE BLOOD OF CHRIST." (Sermons 272)

“I would not believe the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not compel me.”

The only quote from St. Augustine I knew as a Protestant was "love God and do what you want" I even started to write a song based on that, but never read any further about him, nor finished the song. Now what's with that? What if I came across those other writings of his as above?


Blogger George Weis said...

Augie doggy daddy! He was/is awesome! Those quotes are fantastic!


August 29, 2009 7:59 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

yeah, it seems pretty hard for me to assume from these quotes that the celebration of the Eucharist is just symbolic.

August 29, 2009 9:10 PM  

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