Person of the Day: St. Quodvultdeus

In the Office of Readings for today, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, is a sermon from St. Quodvultdeus, bishop.“Who?” I thought.  So here is his story:Quodvultdeus was a father of the church.  He lived in Carthage in the early fifth century, and he became a deacon in 421 A.D.  He corresponded with St. Augustine, who served as his spiritual mentor; and like Augustine, he was an opponent of Arianism.  Augustine dedicated some of his writings to Quodvultdeus.When Carthage was captured b … [Read more...]

The Seashell and the Three-In-One

Augustine of Hippo lived a wild life—abandoning the faith, fathering a child out of wedlock, and rejecting the values of his mother Monica.Monica, however, prayed for her son, that he would turn back to God.  For thirty years, Monica prayed unceasingly for her son—who eventually was converted, and who became one of the Church’s greatest theologians.  He was named Doctor of the Church, and the story of his dramatic conversion gives hope to mothers who pray for their wayward children, and hope … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King Quotes Augustine and Aquinas

Martin Luther King

One may well ask: "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all." Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a … [Read more...]


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