Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo (August 28)

Teilhard de Chardin

“Our hearts are restless, O God, until they rest in You.” — St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine of Hippo was an early Christian theologian whose writings are considered very influential in the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria) located in the Roman province of Africa. Writing during the Patristic Era, he is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers. Among his most important works are City of God and Confessions, which continue to be read widely today. Augustine wrote in troubled times during the end of the western Roman Empire.

Confessions was particularly helpful to me as Augustine detailed his early life of rejecting the Christianity of his mother in favor of the trendy philosophies of his day and the pursuit of worldly success. God kept patiently knocking on Augustine’s door and when he finally opened it he became consumed by the fire of love of God…

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