Friday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Friday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time

August 28, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Augustine (354-+430), Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Patron of Theologians   

First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 1:17-25

Psalm 33

Matthew 25:1-3


Today our Church celebrates the memorial feast of Saint Augustine of Hippo.  He is remembered as a saint, a poet, a philosopher, an author, a bishop, a Doctor of the Church and a father of the Church. 

For all of us sinners the greatest thing about our Lord Jesus is that He identified Himself and revealed Himself to the lost.  For Augustine, this was the greatest gift Jesus gave to humanity, and was noted in much of his writings.  He never got over the fact that God Himself called him out of the darkness into His marvelous light.  It is said that no matter how great his writings were, Augustine never stopped rejoicing in the very simple truth that “he is loved by God!”

As an example, Augustine wrote, “You called, shouted, broke through my deafness; you flared, blazed, banished my blindness; you lavished your fragrance.  I gasped; and now I pant for you; I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst; you touched me, and I burned for your peace.” 

Sisters and brothers, the world today needs people who are in love with God, or rather witnesses who reveal themselves as disciples whom Jesus loves.  The only thing that can break through the sometime inane complexity and the confusion of our time is the simple and holy love of God.

My example of this would be to, with all honesty, answer these questions: Have you ever tried teaching chastity to a teen, or try to correct a person who continually and purposely goes out of their way to hurt people, or try to console a person who is suffering in the wake of an immeasurable loss?  Without the love of God, these things, and many other things, are impossible or perhaps even futile.  It is only the Spirit of the living God that invites and sings in the hearts of disciples that can ignite this fire in others.

Throughout our church history, theologians suggest that what I have mentioned is the fire of Saint Augustine, his song, his instruction, his beautiful Latin poetic praise of God, his mystagogy and catechesis, his heart and soul and his incredible love and devotion to God.

Friends, there is a great need for all of us, as saints in training, to be on fire with this love, to first burn brightly with it and then share it like fire that ignites others.

May the intercessory prayers of Saint Augustine, Saint Monica his mother, and Our Blessed Lady help us to be on fire with the Love of God and to share it with all.

Question of the Day:  How, like Saint Augustine, will you compose a prayer asking for the grace to be renewed and to find true happiness in your life in Jesus?

Prayer:  Lord, renew in Your Church the spirit which You inspired in Saint Augustine, Your bishop.  Filled by this sprit, may we thirst after You as the true source of wisdom.  Amen.  (From the Lives of the Saints – Illustrated.)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.


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