Saint for the Day - August 28 - St. Augustine of
St. Augustine was born
in 354, at Tagaste in Africa. He was brought up in
the Catholic faith, but without receiving baptism.
An ambitious school-boy of brilliant talents and
violent passions, he early lost both his faith and
his innocence. He persisted in his irregular life
until he was thirty-two. Being then at Milan
professing rhetoric, he tells us that the faith of
his childhood had regained possession of his
intellect, but that he could not as yet resolve to
break the chains of evil habit. One day, a however,
stung to the heart by the account of some sudden
conversions, be cried out, "The unlearned rise and
storm heaven, and we, with all our learning, for
lack of heart lie wallowing here." He then withdrew
into a garden, when a long and terrible conflict
ensued. Suddenly a young fresh voice (he knows not
whose) breaks in upon his strife with the words,
"Take and read;" and he lights upon the passage
beginning, "Walk honestly as in the day."
The battle was won. He received baptism, returned
home, and gave all to the poor. At Hippo, where he
settled, he was consecrated bishop in 395. For
thirty-five years he was the centre of
ecclesiastical life in Africa, and the Church's
mightiest champion against heresy; whilst his
writings have been everywhere accepted as one of the
principal sources of devotional thought and
theological speculation. He died in 430.
Saint for the Day - St. Augustine of Hippo
Read about the Saint for today - August 28 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Read the lives of the Saints,
and you will ill find that you
are gradually creating a society
about you to which in some
measure you will be forced to
raise the standard of your daily
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