Philosophy portal His infancy, and boyhood up to age Starting with his infancy, Saint Augustine reflects on his personal childhood in order to draw universal conclusions about the nature of infancy:
See, how many saints who lived during the first millennium have written himself a memoir? I twice tried to read The Holy Bible once in English and once in Tagalog from cover to cover but failed. I just got distracted by too many details and hard-to-remember names and ancient places and I could not appreciate what were all those characters are doing.
They say that Augustine confessions I never dreamed that one day I would finished reading a page memoir written by a ancient Catholic saint. They say that reading The Holy Bible needs the Holy Spirit to come to you so that it will be the spirit who will whisper the words to your ears so that you will understand the word of God.
Maybe the spirit is still contemplating whether a sinner like me is worth his time and effort. Until I came to this memoir. Written by a self-confessed sinner who is now considered one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity: Saint Augustine latin word for church father of Hippo It took me more than 4 weeks to finish this book.
Not a straight read. It is impossible to do that. The memoir is like a letter of St. Augustine to God and in the letter, he is conversing and confessing. He pours out his thoughts, his doubts, his questions. Some of those are funny based on what we all know now with the advances in science and technology.
He tells Him his weaknesses, what wrongs he has done to others. His sins in thoughts, in words, in actions.
Reading it is like uttering a prayer. Read a page or two and you get that feeling that you have achieve your daily quota of prayers. Augustine poured his heart out in each page of his memoir.
Something that is inspiring for me to ask myself those questions he threw out to God and reflect on those thoughts that he put on the pages.
There are so many quotes that I would like to capture here but if I do that, I think I will be quoting half of the book. Most of them are in long and winding sentences but this first paragraph of Book 11 is my favorite: Is it possible, lord, that, since you are in eternity, you are ignorant of what I am saying to you?
Or, do you see in time an event at the time it occurs? If not, then why am I recounting such a tale of things to you? Certainly not in order to acquiant you with them through me; but, instead, that through them I may stir up my own love and the love of my readers toward you, so that all may say, "Great is the lord and greatly to be praised.
For love of your love I do it. So also we pray - and yet truth tells us, "Your father knows want things you need before you ask him. I could not have finished this whole book and pointed that beautiful part if there was no Holy Spirit upon me. Oh ye of little faith.In the late seventies as I worked on a master’s degree in agricultural economics, my best friend, who had just entered seminary, encouraged me to undertake study of classics in the faith and early on I read Augustine’s () Confessions/5(47).
Click here to visit the Ignatius Critical Editions website. The Confessions of Saint Augustine is considered one of the greatest Christian classics of all time. It is an extended poetic, passionate, intimate prayer that Augustine wrote as an autobiography sometime after his conversion, to confess his sins and proclaim God's goodness.
The first book of the Confessions is devoted primarily to an analysis of Augustine's life as a child, from his infancy (which he cannot recall and must reconstruct) up through his days as a schoolboy in Thagaste (in Eastern Algeria). Wasting no time in getting to the philosophical content of his.
Jan 26, · Confessions (FULL Audio Book) by Saint Augustine of Hippo () Translated by Albert C. Outler () Confessions (Latin: Confessiones) . Introduction. Augustine probably began work on the Confessions around the year , when he was 43 years old.
Augustine's precise motivation for writing his life story at that point is not clear, but there are at least two possible causes. Augustine's Confessions is one of the most influential and most innovative works of Latin literature. Written in the author's early forties in the last years of the fourth century A.D.
and during his first years as a bishop, they reflect on his life and on the activity of remembering and interpreting a life/5.