This isn’t a flu cure but some sage advice from an ancient doctor of the church, whose words are as relevant now as they were 1,600 years ago. St. Augustine of Hippo lived in the North African breadbasket of the Roman Empire, just as the barbarians (at least that’s how the Romans regarded the invaders) were at the city gates and the empire itself was beginning to implode. Hippo-Regius, the city over which he presided as bishop, was a place in turmoil.
We in New York, especially those of us who live in the City of New York, find ourselves in troubled times. What can we do about this?
Augustine has the prescription and it still works. It might not be what we want take and it won’t be easy for some to stomach but it does address the issues and the voices that are tearing at the fabric of New York. Augustine calls us to accept responsibility, every single one of us, for helping to make New York the city we want it to be – a place for all people to live in peace.
From Augustine’s Sermon 30:
“The times are bad! The times are troublesome!’ This is what humans say. But we are our times. Let us live well and our times will be good. Such as we are, such are our times.”
A blessed and happier new year than the one we leave behind tonight.