Thursday, March 10, 2011

Quote of the Day #88 - Augustine


This is a quote from Henry Bettenson's translation (1972) of Augustine's book City of God regarding Christian burial:
Such things as a decent funeral and a proper burial, with its procession of mourners, are a consolation to the living rather than a help to the departed. If an expensive burial is any advantage to the godless, then a cheap funeral, or no funeral at all, will prove a hindrance to the poor religious man. A crowd of dependents provided the rich man in his purple with a funeral that was splendid in the eyes of men, but a funeral much more splendid in God's sight was provided for the poor man by the ministering angels, who did not escort him to a marble tomb, but carried him up to Abraham's bosom.
~Augustine (City of God (Penguin Classics), 1984, Book I, Chapter 12)

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