ST AUGUSTINE & HIS MOTHER ST MONICA
“And men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty billows of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, and pass themselves by;…” - St. Augustine, (Confessions, 221)
St. Augustine was born in 354 in northern Africa to a Christian mother and a pagan father. He received a Christian education, but spent his teen years in worldly pursuits. He graduated with degrees in grammar and rhetoric and became a professor.
He resisted the Church, choosing to practice the Manichaean faith of Persia and later, Neo-platonism. Eventually, through the tireless efforts of his mother, St. Monica; and St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan; St. Augustine reasoned himself into the Christian faith, becoming baptized at age 33.
Content to ponder the mysteries of God and live a hermetic lifestyle, St. Augustine initially resisted the priesthood. Upon a trip to Hippo, the townspeople – knowing of St. Augustine’s holiness, begged the aging bishop, Valerius, to ordain him. St. Augustine accepted Holy Orders and took it on with his characteristic ardor. Four years later, he became Bishop of Hippo, blending a monastic lifestyle with clerical duties.
St. Augustine is most beloved for his fount of doctrinal truths. He preached and wrote extensively on God, leaving a treasury of wisdom dear to all the faithful.
Some of his most famous works include;
City of God, On Christian Doctrine -
Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Love. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEYDcemW6Gv_aowa1r7oIiM5N3f9FVvdz
He is the patron saint of theologians and was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1298 by Pope Boniface VIII.
PROPER GOSPEL AUGUST 28 - FEAST OF ST AUGUSTINE
Mt 23:8-12 - A Warning Against Hypocrisy - Ġesù jikkundanna lill-kittieba u l-Fariżej
[Mt:23:8] Imma intom tħallux min isejjħilkom Rabbi, għax l-Imgħallem tagħkom wieħed hu, u intom ilkoll aħwa. [Mt:23:9] U ssejjħu lil ħadd missierkom fuq din l-art, għax il-Missier tagħkom wieħed hu, dak li hu fis-smewwiet. [Mt:23:10] Hekk ukoll tħallux min isejjħilkom mexxejja, għax il-mexxej tagħkom wieħed hu, il-Messija. [Mt:23:11] Il-kbir fostkom għandu jkun il-qaddej tagħkom; [Mt:23:12] min jitgħolla, jitbaxxa, u min jitbaxxa, jitgħolla.