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Records of Christianity

No one since St. Paul has shaped the beliefs of Christians more than Augustine. He was no innovator; in fact he found his theology largely in St. Paul’s Epistles, but he developed and stressed certain themes. His teaching on grace and free will, faith, predestination, the need for confession, discipline and the last judgment, have become the accepted tenets of both Catholic and Protestant churches. The most important of these tenets are perhaps the first two, grace and free will, and we illustrate Augustine’s views on them, not from his formal treatises, but from a letter to Archbishop Hilary of Arles, a semi-Pelagian. Pelagius, as we have seen, was one who ‘boasted of personal ability’ to follow the Christian life; Augustine was far too conscious of his own weakness and need of supernatural grace. The literal meaning of ‘grace’ is free gift.

Source: Augustine, Letters 157

The Letters of Hildegard of Bingen

Therefore, I weep with sorrow before you. For in my nature, I am unstable because I am caught in the winepress, that tree rooted in Adam by the devil’s deceit which brought about his exile into this wayward world. Yet, now, rising up, I run to you. And I say to you: You are not inconstant,but are always lifting up up the tree/ a victor in your spirit lifting up not only yourself but also the whole world unto salvation. You are indeed the eagle gazing directly at the sun.

The Letters of Hildegard Bingen Vol. I