Tag Archives: Augustine of Hippo

Free Gifts

Grace (Latin gratia; Greek charis) is a gift. A gift is something gratuitously bestowed. The giver is free to offer the gift; the receiver is free to accept or to reject it. If either the giver or the receiver is … Continue reading

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Doing Our Part

Pelagians asserted that God would not command man to do “what was impossible for human volition.” To this, St. Augustine (354-430) in Book II of his treatise De Peccatorum meritis et remissione (On the Merits and Remission of Sins) replies: … Continue reading

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Grace in Action

Pelagius (355-425) taught that we possess an inherent ability to overcome sin, perform good works, and merit our salvation; and he denied that divine grace is necessary for salvation. Pelagians believed that grace facilitates salvation, but that salvation does not … Continue reading

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Charity and Lust

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) in Book Three of his treatise De doctrina Christiana (On Christian Doctrine) distinguishes between charity and lust: “I mean by charity that affection of the mind which aims at the enjoyment of God for His … Continue reading

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Two Resurrections

St. Augustine of Hippo in Book Twenty of his De civitate Dei (City of God) mentions two resurrections, following two deaths. The one resurrection is spiritual; it takes place in the present life. The other resurrection is bodily; it will … Continue reading

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Two Cities

St. Augustine of Hippo (Aurelius Augustinus, 354-430) in his De civitate Dei (City of God, 413-26) explains how each person freely chooses by the quality of his actions to live in one of two cities. Since God has perfect foreknowledge … Continue reading

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Union With God in Heaven

Father Cassilly writes: “In the consummation of our union with God in heaven, time and space will seem to vanish for us, a moment of this sublimation into companionship with the Deity will lengthen into a century, and a century … Continue reading

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