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Liturgical day: August 28th: St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Gospel text (Mt 23,8-12): Jesus said to his disciples: «You, do not let yourselves be called Master because you have only one Master». Jesus said to his disciples: «You, do not let yourselves be called Master because you have only one Master, and all of you are brothers and sisters. Neither should you call anyone on earth Father, because you have only one Father, he who is in heaven. Nor should you be called leader, because Christ is the only leader for you. Let the greatest among you be the servant of all. For whoever makes himself great shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be made great».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we celebrate Saint Augustine of Hippo, the largest bishop and writer of the Western Church in ancient times. He studied rhetoric (art of speaking) and philosophy. During his restless youth he lost his faith, but he never stopped seeking the truth passionately. He traveled to Rome and Milan. The prayers and tears of his mother – Saint Monica - and the sanctity of the bishop of Milan - San Ambrose - convinced him that the Truth is Jesus Christ. Then he agreed to receive the baptism. Later, when he returned to Carthage, he received the priestly ordination and, a little later, was consecrated as Bishop of Hippo. Agustin was a praying man with profound thoughts. He wrote a lot and was very attentive taking care of his "flock."

- Thus Augustine said: "Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee."