Re-blog of a post of mine from October of last year. Was about to write something along similar lines (wrt Saint Augustine’s famous words), and realised I had already written it!
Saint Augustine famously said ‘love, and do what you will’ thereby summarising the heart of the spiritual life in a similar way to Saint Paul in his Epistle to the Galatians, where he said that ‘the whole law is fulfilled in one word, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself”’ (Galatians 5:14). This message sounds incredibly liberating, which indeed it is, though (as Saint Paul himself realised, often writing against the potential antinomian interpretations of the gospel that had arisen during his time) it can be taken in a way that leads to license and disregard for the objective commandments of the moral law.
I have no idea to what extent (if at all) Augustine’s words have been, or are, directly used to excuse various ‘enlightened’ or ‘progressive’ moralities that directly contravene or at least undermine the teachings of the Church, but the gist…
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