Augustine For Today

January 11 – SAINT EUGENE

Don’t let Satan creep up on you, saying what he customarily says: ‘Enjoy yourself in God’s creation. Why did he make those things if not for you to enjoy them?’ And they get drunk, and they ruin themselves, and they forget their creator. As long as they use created things not temperately by inordinately, the creator is disdained. Of such persons the Apostle says, ‘They adored and served the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever.’ God doesn’t forbid you to love those things, but you must not love them in expectation of blessedness. Rather, you must favor and praise them in such a way that you love the creator.

On the First Letter of John 2,11