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01 February 2011

Augustine Before Bed

Sitting on my bookshelf is a rather incomplete set of writings by the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.

I picked a volume up today: Augustin's Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount.  Just a few pages in I found this absolute gem:

'Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.' How foolish, therefore, are those who seek God with these outward eyes, since He is seen with the heart!  As it is written elsewhere, 'And in singleness of heart, seek Him.'  For that is a pure heart which is a single heart: and just as this light cannot be seen, except with pure eyes; so neither is God seen, unless that is pure by which He can be seen.
Augustine of Hippo, 
Commentary on  Matthew's Sermon on the Mount,
Chapter 3, Section 8 

Hat tip to my novitiate classmate Brian, for being the "founder of the feast."

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