It's true he was a sinner. But don't pass so final a judgement. Have pity in your heart and don't forget that he may yet be an Augustine, while you remain just another mediocrity.
You strayed from the way and did not return because you were ashamed. It would be more logical if you were ashamed not to return.
To begin is for everyone. To persevere is for saints.
When you approach the tabernacle remember that he has been waiting for you for twenty centuries.
Don't neglect your spiritual reading. - Reading has made many saints.
Don't you long to shout to those youths who are bustling around you: Fools! Leave those worldly things that shackle the heart - and very often degrade it - leave all that and come with us in search of Love!
You go to pray; to become a bonfire, a living flame, giving light and heat.
You don't know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, 'Lord, I don't know how to pray!" you can be sure you have already begun."
To defend his purity, Saint Francis of Assisi rolled in the snow, Saint Benedict threw himself into a thorn bush, and Saint Bernard plunged into an icy pond... You - what have you done?
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