MY St. Augustine

On the 8th of July of this year, I had the HONOUR of becoming Brandon’s God Mother…

 

Today, August 28th is the Feast Day of his Saint, St. Augustine of Hippo…

A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. But really to get to know the man is a rewarding experience.

There quickly surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life, whether his path led away from or toward God. The tears of his mother, the instructions of Ambrose and, most of all, God himself speaking to him in the Scriptures redirected Augustine’s love of life to a life of love.

Having been so deeply immersed in creature-pride of life in his early days and having drunk deeply of its bitter dregs, it is not surprising that Augustine should have turned, with a holy fierceness, against the many demon-thrusts rampant in his day. His times were truly decadent—politically, socially, morally. He was both feared and loved, like the Master. The perennial criticism leveled against him: a fundamental rigorism.

In his day, he providentially fulfilled the office of prophet. Like Jeremiah and other greats, he was hard-pressed but could not keep quiet. “I say to myself, I will not mention him,/I will speak in his name no more./But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,/imprisoned in my bones;/I grow weary holding it in,/I cannot endure it” (Jeremiah 20:9).

~American Catholic.org

What better day for me to also begin not only to blog again, but to start a topic…one that is too close and too painful but we, I feel, need to expose and perhaps understand a bit more…

While I do not have the answers, I can provide my observations, flawed and ignorant as they are…

You can choose to comment, refute, ignore, or simply read…your choice.

In the meantime…

 

Brandon,

I am SO Proud of you!  Thank you for seeing something in me that I many times…okay, MOST of the time do not see…

I am honoured to be called your God Mother ♥

I will always do my best to help you down the path…but know, I am flawed and broken…thus, if there is any lesson you can take from me, it would be to not repeat my same mistakes…

I Love You.

God Love You †

 

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