Monday, July 22, 2013

The Three Most Important Virtues

St. Augustine can be said to be the first Catholic novelist with his "Confessions". Some people have claimed that his story is boring, but I find it real and engaging. In fact, what makes St. Augustine so accessible in all his writings is his simplicity, a mark of the great spiritual directors who always manage to get to the heart of the matter without numerous twists and turns. Where else can you find something this deep in so few words?

"...the three most important Virtues are Humility, Humility, and Humility." 

-Augustine of Hippo, 354-386

This brings to mind the final phrase in the Divine Praises:

Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints. 


  1. I have not been able to read Confessions all the way through. And I go to an Augustinian parish! I do like reading parts of it though, like when he starts to pray. He really does know how to put things into words. Love that quote you included here.

  2. Colleen, that was a hard one to get through. There were some great prayers and insights but it was some effort to complete it. I do like that Augustine is respected across the Catholic Protestant divide. I should research why that is.