Saint Augustine of Hippo Quotes
Thy word remaineth for ever, which word now appeareth unto us in the riddle of the clouds, and through the mirror of the heavens, not as it is because that even we, though the well beloved of thy Son, yet it hath not yet appeared what we shall be. He looked through the lattice of our flesh and he spake us fair, yea, he set us on fire, and we hasten on his scent. But when he shall appear, then shall we be like him, for we shall see him as he is as he is, Lord, will our sight be, though the time be not yet.
Though he avoided outright endorsement of the view, fifth-century Church Father Saint Augustine was clearly familiar with the theory of the spherical earth 'They those who believe that 'there are men on the other side of the earth' fail to observe that even if the world is held to be global or rounded in shape, or if some process of reasoning should prove this to be the case, it would still not necessarily follow that the land on the opposite side is not covered by masses of water.'
Picture God as saying to you, 'My son, why is it that day by day you rise, and pray, and even strike the ground with your forehead, nay sometimes even shed tears, while you say to Me 'My Father, give me wealth' If I were to give it to you, you would think yourself of some importance, you would fancy that you had gained something very great. Because you asked for it, you have it. But take care to make good use of it. Before you had it, you were humble now that you have begun to be rich, you despise the poor. What kind of a good is that which only makes you worse For worse you are, since you were bad already. And that it would make you worse you knew not hence you asked it of Me. I gave it to you, and I proved you you have found and you have found out Ask of Me better things than these, greater things than these. Ask of Me spiritual things. Ask of Me Myself'
An apt and true reply was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride. 'What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor.'
Late have I loved Thee, O Lord and behold, Thou wast within and I without, and there I sought Thee. Thou was with me when I was not with Thee. Thou didst call, and cry, and burst my deafness. Thou didst gleam, and glow, and dispell my blindness. Thou didst touch me, and I burned for Thy peace. For Thyself Thou hast made us, and restless our hearts until in Thee they find their ease. Late have I loved Thee, Thou Beauty ever old and ever new. Thou hast burst my bonds asunder unto Thee will I offer up an offering of praise.
Of this I am certain, that no one has ever died who was not destined to die some time. Now the end of life puts the longest life on a par with the shortest.... And of what consequence is it what kind of death puts an end to life, since he who has died once is not forced to go through the same ordeal a second time They, then, who are destined to die, need not be careful to inquire what death they are to die, but into what place death will usher them.