Prayer for Evening

I give God thanks for all that was good in the day that is ending.

I ask God’s mercy on my sins and omissions this day.

I seek God’s peace in my home and in all the world this night. Amen

(Prayer from   Saint Augustine’s Prayer Book )

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~Painting by Justus van Gent circa 1471 (Wikipedia)

One of my favorite saints.  He was human.  He was flawed.

He was a theologian, philosopher and bishop.

I have found his writings relevant to our world even though he lived centuries ago in an equally imperfect world.

Confessions of Saint Augustine
The City of God
On Christian Doctrine

Saint Augustine’s Influence

According to Wikipedia, Saint Augustine influenced

Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Bonaventure, John Calvin, Martin Luther, René Descartes, Cornelius Jansen, Nicolas Malebranche, Søren Kierkegaard, John Henry Newman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Carl Schmitt, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Antonio Negri, Jean-Paul Sartre, Benedict XVI

Augustine of Hippo

In times of sorrow, in times of fear, I seek comfort from the wisdom of great personages of our past.  The thread of humanity lives on in their words and deeds.

 

 

A Morning Resolve

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~Photo http://www.pexels.com/Pixabay

“I will try this day to live a simple, sincere, and serene life, repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking;

“cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence;

“exercising economy in expenditure, generosity in giving, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a childlike faith in God.

ln particular I will try to be faithful in those habits of prayer, work, study, physical exercise, eating, and sleep which I believe that Holy Spirit has shown me to be right….” *

*Excerpt from Forward Day by Day