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From the Archive: St. Augustine—Letter to Honoratus, On Keeping Sacraments Available

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 20, 2020 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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“Because of something uncertain, there should not be a definite abandonment of duty—for, in that event, there is certain ruin for the people, not only in things pertaining to this life, but also in those of that other life which must be cared for with incomparably greater attention and anxiety.”

We had planned today to release the fifth installment in our seven-part series of St. Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana—but in light of renewed lockdown measures being implemented across the United States and elswhere, we’ve decided instead to re-release another work of Augustine’s previously featured on the show: his letter to Honoratus, on the necessity of keeping the sacraments available.

As a Church, let’s not do what we did before in the first shutdown. Let’s not go silently into that good night. Let’s let government officials—and, even more importantly, church leaders—know that the administration of the sacraments is an essential service.

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James T. Majewski is a stage, film, and voice actor based in New York City, holding a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. He is the host and narrator for Catholic Culture Audiobooks. See full bio.

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