And therefore, Lord, your judgments are terrible, because your truth is not my property nor the property of this man or that man; it belongs to all of us whom you publicly call into communion with it, warning us in most terrible terms that we must not hold it as private to ourselves lest we be deprived of it altogether.
– Augustine, Confessions, Book 12, Chapter 25
In the last chapter of Book XIV of his City of God Augustine describes the difference in character between the earthly city and the Heavenly City: Continue reading “The Character of the Two Cities”
Tell me, I ask of you, where will we get by all these labors of ours? What are we seeking for? To what purpose do we serve in office? What higher ambition can we have at court than to become friends of the emperor? In such a position what is there that is not fragile and full of peril? By how many perils do we arrive at a greater peril? When will we get there? But to become God’s friend, if I wish it, see, I become one here and now.”
Augustine’s Confessions (8:6)