Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

Human pride brought you down



augustine_webBehold, man, what God has become for your sake! Keep in your heart a lesson from this great humility imparted by a speechless infant!  You were in paradise one day and you were eloquent giving each creature a name but your creator, for your sake, laid down speechless unable to call his own mother by her name!

While in a paradise abounding in fruits you perished yourself through disobedience. But in total obedience, He came down as a dead person to a humble and lowly abode so that through His death he could restore life to the dead.  But you, even though you were human, wanted to be god and so you were lost. And He, even though He was God, wanted to be man in order to find he who was lost. Human pride brought you down so that divine humility alone can lift you up.

Saint Augustine


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