Can someone direct me to where the frequently used Augustine quote comes from that defines a Sacrament as an “outward sign of an inner grace.” This quote is being used in some conversations I’m having and I’d like to get the greater context of the writing itself. I’ve studied Sacramental Theology and Augustine’s writing on it, but I just can’t recall where this small piece comes from. I’m suspecting Augustine didn’t say this in an effort to minimize the human necessity to actually participate in the reception of Sacraments to obtain specific graces (tongue in cheek). So my purpose is defense of this quote against its use to try and illustrate the superfluous nature of the “outward sign.”
Well I guess my purpose is to just get to the truth so I suppose if I find there that Augustine actually flipped his own script on Sacramental Theology then I guess that’s what I find haha.