Feast of St. Augustine
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Out of the depths…. He shall redeem…
Saint Augustine, once “caught fast in a disease of the flesh…” (Confessions, Bk. VI, Ch. 12), rose to such a towering figure of sanctity. See how the grace of Our Lord would rise those it finds plunged in the degrading depths of the sea of beastly carnal pleasures. “Caught fast in a disease of the flesh with its deadly sweetness, I dragged along my chains and was fearful of being loosed from them… Thus we were, until You, O Most High, Who never desert our clay, mercifully by marvelous and hidden ways come to aid us in our wretchedness” (ibid.).
“Disease,” “deadly,” “wretchedness.” Thus how God’s grace triumphs when in the time He shows our sickness through the light of the Catholic Faith (cf., our post “On Lust and the Vice of Impurity“), we incline our ear and finally avail of His great power! So our dear “Little Therese” puts it thus: “Humility is truth.” For He shall save the humble… of spirit…. glory shall uphold the humble of spirit (Ps. 17.28; 33.19; Pr. 29.23). We then sing as the converted Augustine sang (Bk. IX, Ch. 1): You have broken my bonds! (Ps. 115.16). In great contrast is the diabolical response among the unclean (see “Comment” below) and, more loudly, among those who now pride themselves to have revised Gen. 1.27 (male and female He created them) by ‘creating’ a ‘third sex/gender’: “We’re O.K. Nothing DISordered, nothing DISoriented in us [no thanks to the ‘Pontifex’, in our post “The Thoughts of God’s Heart…“]. [g]od made us this way! This is ‘NATURAL'” – the ‘Naturalism’ (denial of Original Sin) fundamental to Freemasonry and its 1789 revolutionary ‘Rights of Man’! (cf., our post “Papal Condemnations of Freemasonry and Their Doctrines“).