Saint You Should Know: Augustine of Hippo

When you think someone who is a saint and doctor of the Church, you probably think of someone who lived a long, holy life, who was groomed from a young age in the teachings of the Church, who never held heretical beliefs or committed terrible sins.

You probably don’t think of someone who spent 33 years as a heretic, had a child out of wedlock, and who’s most famous prayer is “Lord, make me chaste—just not yet.”

And yet, that is our St. Augustine, one of the most important theologians and leaders in Church history. He lived a tumultuous early life, but ended up saving the Church from two major controversies, and is certainly a saint you should know.

2 Comments on “Saint You Should Know: Augustine of Hippo

  1. I’m actually in the process of reading “Confessions” at this time. Lately “life” has been getting in the way, and I haven’t been reading it as much lately. In a way, it’s like Augustine himself, who would waver, etc. It’s comforting to know that “all is not lost”, even by a longshot, if we are not even close to perfect.

  2. Haha. The very ending was funny but true. But yes, I enjoyed hearing about Saint Augustine. I don’t live in Florida but still pronounced it the same way they do. Thankyou for clearing that up. Btw, I have the Catholic bible app and every day they send me the Saint of the Day. Today is Saint Teresa of Kolkata. She is Mother Teresa right?

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