Friday, July 19, 2013

Believe and then you will know

We believe, not because we know but so that we may come to know.  For what we shall know no eye has seen, no ear heard, nor has man's heart imagined.  Faith is to believe what we do not yet see; truth to see what we have believed.  To follow after God is to long for happiness, to reach Him is that happiness itself. 

If we have reached the pathway of faith let us keep to it unswervingly, so that our hearts may become able to know those things which at present we do not understand. 

Bring the light of reason to bear on what you now believe firmly by faith. 

Could God hate in us that by which he has distinguished us from the beasts? Of course not: we could not in any case believe, if we had not reasonable souls. 

There are some things belonging to our salvation which we as yet cannot understand, though one day we shall.  In these matters faith should go ahead of reason, purifying the heart and making it able to receive the great light of reason. 

The prophet said, unless you believe you shall not understand; thus we may see that it is reasonable for faith to go before.  If we are persuaded of this, it is by the small amount of reason which goes before faith. 

St Augustine --- The Heart at Rest 




  1. To my knowledge, Augustine is not called 'Saint' in the Coptic Church.
    As Fr Athanasius Iskander explains " The majority consider him a saintly man”the blessed Augustin” (Not St. Augustin) but because of his many errors cannot consider him among the Fathers of the Church."

    1. Saint Augustine Bishop of Hippo, Doctor of the Church and his mother Saint Monica. Saint Augustine is one of the greatest Fathers of the Church. He was an original thinker who became recognized as a remarkable leader of Christian faith. One of the guiding forces in Saint Augustine's life was his Christian mother, Saint Monica.

      Please refer to

      Also Coptic churches named to Saint Augustine: and


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