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God Chooses The "Foolish"

Today we celebrate the memorial of St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church. Considered by many to be the most prolific Catholic writer and teacher, his writings have helped Catholics for thousands of years. Looking at his early life, however, we may be surprised why he was chosen to play such an important part in advancing the Catholic Faith. In actuality, this is usually the way the Lord works and it provides great hope for us. In today’s First Reading, St. Paul offers words that should motivate and inspire us to do the Lords’s work, despite our imperfections:

Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.
Not many of you were wise by human standards,
not many were powerful,
not many were of noble birth.
Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,
and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,
and God chose the lowly and despised of the world,
those who count for nothing,
to reduce to nothing those who are something,
so that no human being might boast before God.
It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus,
who became for us wisdom from God,
as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,
so that, as it is written, Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

St. Augustine, pray for us!

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