My Favorite Saints: St. Augustine of Hippo

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts will not rest until they rest in you.”

St. Augustine of Hippo lived in a Roman-occupied province of Africa during the fourth century. His mother, Monica was a devout Christian, while his father was pagan, but had a deathbed conversion. Both of these heritages led to both his downfall and his redemption. He adopted many pagan beliefs and blended them with Christianity, even at the tender age of eleven. He said in his Confessions that he once stole fruit not because he was hungry, but “because it was permitted”. This slowly led him down the path of sin, into a pit that he had a hard time climbing out of. At the age 0f 19, he began an affair with a woman in Carthage and even had a child out of wedlock. During this time, his mother tried desperately to lead him back to the faith, and it was not until he turned 31 that he finally converted to Christianity.

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