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6 Amazing Facts About the Great Saint Augustine Every Catholic Should Know

Saint Augustine of Hippo is venerated as one of the most influential theologians, philosophers, and saints of the Church.

As a Doctor of the Church, his writings offer profound insights into the nature of God, the human condition, and the salvation found in Christ. His works have deeply imprinted Catholic theology.

You can find more on Saint Augustine’s masterpiece, “Confessions”, here.

His story also reminds us of the power of God’s mercy and the pursuit of eternal truth.

Here are six amazing facts about the great Saint Augustine that all Catholics should know:

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1. He was from Northern Africa.

He was born in 354 in the small city of Thagaste (current Algeria).

2. He grew up in an interfaith home.

His mother, Saint Monica, was a Christian. His father, Patricus, was a pagan.

You can find more information on his saintly mother here.

3. Saint Augustine was a Manichaean before converting.

His mother prayed for many years for her wayward son’s return to the faith. During this time, he explored many religions, including Manichaeism.

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4. Saint Augustine struggled with lust and immorality.

Before converting, he lived with a woman, fathered a child outside of marriage, and struggled with impure thoughts and actions.

5. He became a Christian in his 40s.

It is never too late for redemption! After many years of searching, Augustine found God.

6. He is a Doctor of the Church.

The writings of Saint Augustine continue to inspire the faith of others.

The Holy Spirit Prayer of Saint Augustine:

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
that I always may be holy.


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