Although there is still a couple of months before the Church comes together to honour all our Saints, I have always believed in giving thanks and remembering them , especially our favourite Saints every day.
St Augustine of Hippo, my personal favourite, is largely remembered for his inspiring conversion experience and celebrated for his enormous intellect and writings. He is one of the most prominent doctors of the Catholic Church and on 28 August, we celebrate the life and legacy that this patron saint of brewers left us.
I first came to know about St Augustine through reading about his mother, St Monica. Intrigued by his personality and early life, I found his conversion to be truly a work of God...a work that only God is capable of accomplishing. Through mindless browsing on the Internet or casual readings, I would always come across very thought-provoking, meaningful and timely quotations by this great Saint. How I love his words, how they resonate within me. They are just so inspired by the Holy Spirit!
One day, after learning about the history of the Christian cemetery in St Joseph Church in Bukit Timah, I decided to travel more than 20 kilometres for this mini adventure. While I was there, I prayed for a deal I was negotiating to come to fruition, and after my prayer, just as I was walking down the stairs, I saw a tablet with a quote from St Augustine, "Ora Et Labora: Pray as though everything depended on God / Work as though everything depended on you".
Was God answering my prayer? I think so. And He seems to have a penchant to do through St Augustine.
Thank you my Lord. Thank you, St Augustine.
My much-loved quotations from St Augustine