ST. AUGUSTINE

Today, August 28th, we celebrate the feast day of...

Who: St. Augustine of Hippo, Doctor of the Church, Bishop, Philosopher, Theologian

What: He was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was a bishop in north Africa and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity. 

When: (354-430) canonized Pre Congregation

Where: North Africa

Need to knows:

☕️ Before converting to Christianity, Augustine lived a life of great indulgence and sin. He lived with his lover and they had a child out of wedlock named Adeodatus. 

☕️ His mother was St. Monica, and she prayed incessantly for Augustine's conversion. With the help of St. Ambrose as well, Augustine converted at the age of 31.

☕️ He became a priest, and later the bishop of Hippo Regius in north Africa. 

☕️ Among his most important works are The City of God, On Christian Doctrine and Confessions.

Famous Quote:

"Late have I loved Thee, O Lord; and behold,
Thou wast within and I without, and there I sought Thee.
Thou wast with me when I was not with Thee.
Thou didst call, and cry, and burst my deafness.
Thou didst gleam, and glow, and dispel my blindness.
Thou didst touch me, and I burned for Thy peace.
For Thyself Thou hast made us,
And restless our hearts until in Thee they find their ease.
Late have I loved Thee, Thou Beauty ever old and ever new."

 

Saint Augustine, ora pro nobis!