Tuesday, August 28, 2012

St. Augustine

Today is the feast day of St. Augustine of Hippo, Convert, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (some of this is similar from yesterday, because it affected both St. Monica and Augustine).



Born on November 13, 354 in North Africa, son of Patritius and St. Monica, he had two other siblings, a brother and a sister, named Perpetua.

In his youth Augustine lived in Carthage and began a relationship with a young woman, with whom he shared a son. St. Monica, horrified, sent the local bishop to talk him out of this kind of life, but Augustine refused. The bishop told Monica: "It is impossible that the son of so many tears should perish." She continued tirelessly to pray for his conversion.

Monica met St. Ambrose in Milan, and through him Augustine was converted. Mother and son were at peace for six months.

Augustine was ordained a priest at the port city of Hippo, and was made a bishop four years later. His greatest works are Confessions, De Trinitate, and De Civitiate Dei. He died on August 28, 430 during the siege of Hippo by vandals.

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