Augustine For Today


“It is inevitable that we should be sad when those we love desert us by dying. Although we know they are not leaving us forever, but that we who remain will follow them who have gone a little in advance of us; nevertheless, when that death our nature shrinks from seizes one we love, it strikes us in the very love we bear. That is why the Apostle did not tell us that we should not be saddened, but that we should not be saddened in the same way as those who have no hope. In the death of those who are close to us we experience both sadness at the necessity of losing them and hope of getting them back. By the former we are distressed, by the latter consoled.”

Sermon 172, 1-3