"By fasting for forty days before his death in the flesh, it's as though Jesus was crying out, "Hold yourselves in check from the desires of this world"; while by eating and drinking for forty days after his resurrection in the flesh it's as though he was crying out, "Behold I am with you until the consummation of the world . . ."- St. Augustine, from Day 2For thirty-four years of his life, Augustine of Hippo was a devoted bishop, giving himself wholeheartedly to the unlearned, simple people of his diocese in northern Africa. His concern and affection for the people entrusted to his care are konwn and clearly reflected in the more than 500 extant sermons that have helped make him one of the most influential Fathers of the Church. It is his great love and humble service, even more so than his eminent works on theology and philosophy, that make him a wellspring of wisdom for us today.In Lent and Easter Wisdom From St. Augustine, Agnes Cunningham, SSCM, an expert on the early Church Fathers, has selected insightful passages from Augustine's writings. His rich spiritual experiences lead us through his season of repentance and redemption as we explore with him the mystery of our salvation.