St. Augustine, Artist: Philippe de Champaigne
St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, N. Africa, (354-430)
Feast day, August 28
"Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: 'This is My Body.' No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it."
"Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side... whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament." (Sermon 3, 2; circa A.D. 410, original translation)
When we say "Give us this day our daily bread," by "this day" we mean "at this time," when we either ask for that sufficiency, signifying the whole of our need under the name of bread, which is the outstanding part of it, or for the sacrament of the faithful, which is necessary at this time for attaining not so much this temporal as that eternal happiness."
"No one eats that flesh without first adoring it; we should sin were we not to adore it." ('Enarrationes in Psalmos,' 98,9).
"The bread that you see on the altar is the Body of Christ as soon as it is sanctified by God's word. The chalice, or better what is contained in the chalice, is the Blood of Christ as soon as it is sanctified by God's word."
"Jesus took His flesh from the flesh of Mary."
Of Jesus, St. Augustine says, "Look upon the beauty of your Lover."
"On the altar you are looking at the same thing as you saw there last night. You have not heard, however, what this is, what it signifies, or about the greatness of the reality of which it is a sacrament. Your eyes are looking at bread and cup. This is the evidence before your physical sight. But your faith must be instructed concerning it--this bread being Christ 's Body and the cup containing His Blood. Though perhaps these words may be enough to initiate faith, faith must be further instructed in accordance with the Prophet's words: 'Believe that you may understand' ( Is 7:9).
"He who made thee is made in thee. He is made in thee through whom you were made.... Give milk, O mother, to him who is our food; give milk to the bread that comes down from heaven."
“Him whom the heavens cannot contain the womb of one woman bore. She ruled our Ruler. She carried him in whom we all are. She gave milk to our Bread.”
"God in his omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom He knew not how to give more, in His riches He had not more to give, than the Eucharist."
"Jesus, I return Thee thanks . . . . Dost Thou not give me in Holy Communion more than all creatures, more than the heavens, more than eternity, more than the angels, more than Mary herself? He that is mighty hath done great things to me; and holy is His name!"
"Thou art Christ, my holy Father, my tender God, my great King, my good Shepherd, my one Master, my best Helper, my most Beautiful and my Beloved, my living Bread."
"[Jesus] became our Savior by being born of a mother. Of his own will he was born for us today, in time, so that he could lead us to his Father’s eternity, God became man so that man might become God. The Lord of the angels became man today so that man could eat the bread of angels."
The Incarnation “made the One Who abides equal in eternity to the Father, equal to us in mortality, imposing the form of a servant on the Lord of the world; so that Bread itself would be hungry, Fullness would be thirsty, Strength would become weak, Health would be wounded, and Life would die!”
"I will speak, then, to our Lord Jesus Christ; I will speak, and let him hear me. I believe him present; I do not doubt it at all. For he himself has said 'I am with you always, even unto the consummation of the world'" (Matt. 28:20).
"What greater mercy could there be toward the miserable than that which pulled the Creator down from heaven and clothed the Founder of the earth in an earthly body!
"This made the One Who abides equal in eternity to the Father, equal to us in mortality, imposing the form of a servant on the Lord of the world; so that Bread itself would be hungry, Fullness would be thirsty, Strength would become weak, Health would be wounded, and Life would die!"
"We desired with all our hearts to drink from the streams of Your heavenly fountain" (St. Augustine speaking of his mother St. Monica).
"Lord Jesus, our
Savior, let us now come to You.