Talent Is His Most Lasting Gift

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talent is his most lasting gift. Considering all this evidence, it is believed that Augustine’s sermons persuasively encouraged his audience to accept his spirituality of love as the ‘spiritual arm’ that will win them victory. Thus, ‘love and do what thou wilt’ became the most famous saying throughout the whole epoch of the sermons on the First Epistle of John. This for Augustine implies that if we love God then it becomes impossible for one to be found wanting in the love of neighbour. The studies presented thus far provide evidence that Augustine chose the readings himself, but not without paying closer attention to the Liturgical norms of the Catholic church, in other words, he consulted the Liturgical calendar prior his sermon…show more content…
He connected his message directly with the situation of his hearers: For example, he would instruct them with these words, Love your enemies, desiring them for brothers: Love your enemies, calling them into your fellowship. For so loved he who as he hung upon the Cross said, Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do... In the context of this text, Augustine used the text to instruct, to edify, and to convince his people that love is the Christian attitude to life. Key Features Use of Language: Another important finding was that Augustine’s audience were diversified, mainly people from different background, that is, young and old. Thus, this observation may support the hypothesis why Augustine began his sermon with what his hearers knew very well. Again, it can therefore, be assumed that he communicated to the people in an intimate manner in the language they were familiar with. For instance, he simplified for them in this sermon, the theology of incarnation in a way that an ordinary person will understand at any level of their faith. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God… John 1:1. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt in us. Now this Word was made flesh that it might be handled, began to be flesh, of the Virgin Mary: but not then began the Word, … See what follows: And the Life was manifested. Christ therefore is the
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