Give me chastity and self-restraint, but do not give it yet. SAINT AUGUSTINE
Saint Augustine
[Augustine of Hippo (Latin: Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis)] (354-430) Bishop of Hippo Regius, philosopher and theologian
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 -- Vince     
     -- Chris, sevierville      
    This is weird. It kinda contradicts itself. But then again, saints can be signs of contradiction, so I guess this is normal.
     -- Tatiana, Loudoun County, VA, USA     
    Wait. Let me correct my own statement. I think he is saying here that he wants the Holy Spirit to give it to him, but when it is needed. I think. : )
     -- Tatiana , Loudoun County, VA, USA     
    This quote hit home with me. As a lost sinner at an earlier time in my life, I prayed to God to have mercy on me. I wasn't praying to be saved or freed from sin but that God would have mercy and not let me perish in sin. I was not "ready" for salvation, as I thought it would be a dull and borning life but knew that one day I would want to live God's way and not my own. I knew that God was always willing and ready to take my sin away but it took me praying a different prayer to change. After years of the "have mercy on me" prayer, I began to pray, "Lord, take away my desire for worldy things." He did and my life was more exciting than ever before. Maybe Saint Augustine wasn't ready for self-restraint or chasity when he said this quote. Just a thought...
     -- Julie, Arab, AL, USA     
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