“In this world, which is to say in the Church wholly following Christ, he says to all of us: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself.” This command (is directed to) the whole Church, the whole Body of Christ with all its members, . . .
“Let them deny themselves, that is to say, let them not rely on themselves. Let them carry their cross, that is to say, bear for Christ’s sake in the world all that the world inflicts on them. May they love him, he the only one who never deceives or is deceived, the only one who is not mistaken. May they love him because what he promises is true. Yet because he does not give it to us now, our faith falters. Keep going, persevere, bear and accept this delay, and you have carried his cross.”
- How true a subject am I?: Reflections at the end of the Church year (thepracticingcatholic.wordpress.com)
- St. Augustine of Hippo (Catholic Encyclopedia)
- St. Augustine of Hippo (Catholic Life – Saints & Angels)