Augustine For Today

January 22 – SAINT VINCENT

We should think that, by some miracle, as Vincent suffered, one person was speaking while another was being tortured. And this, my brothers, was true; it was really the truth; another person was speaking. Christ in the Gospel promised this to those who were to be his witnesses, to those he was preparing for contests of this kind. For he said: Do not give thought to how or what you are to speak. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks within you. Thus, it was Vincent’s body that suffered, but the Spirit that spoke. And at his voice, impiety was not only vanquished but human frailty was given consolation.

Sermon 276, 1-2