A Brewer’s Patron Saint

A Brewer’s Patron Saint « Reflections of a Pilgrim

“It is difficult to even begin to describe his impact on Christianity and Western thought, more generally. Between his philosophical writings and his theological treatises, you encounter him in just about every nook and cranny of the Church and the European intellectual tradition. He was a tireless defender of Orthodoxy at a time when the Church struggled against those who would undermine it (we could use a little Augustinian butt-kickin’ today too). And, how can we forget some of his most famous quotes:

Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum. (This phrase is commonly translated as “Love the sinner and hate the sin.” But, it literally would be “With love for mankind and hatred of sins.”)

da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo (A particularly famous line of his from the Confessions. Translated, it reads: “Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.”)

Dilige et quod vis fac. (This was taken from a sermon he gave on 1 John. In English, it reads as “Love, and do what you will.”)

Salus extra ecclesiam non est. (From his treatise on Baptism, this phrase would likely generate some controversy today. Literally, it means, “There is no salvation outside the church.”)

And, Qui cantat, bis orat. (Or, in English, “he who sings, prays twice.”)”

Christopher Sowers


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