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Saint Augustine of Hippo

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Saint Augustine of Hippo, Gerard Seghers

Doctor of the Church, Bishop, Philosopher, Theologian

Born

13 November 354 Thagaste, Numidia

Died

28 August 430Hippo Regius, Numidia

Venerated in

All Christian denominations which venerate saints

Major shrine

San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, Pavia, Italy

Feast

28 August15 June4 November

Attributes

child, dove, pen, shell, pierced heart, holding book with a small church, bishop's staff, miter

Patronage

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Influences

Ambrose, Anthony the Great, Cicero, Cyprian, Monica, Paul of Tarsus, Plato, Plotinus

Influenced

Virtually all subsequent Western philosophy and theology, including Arendt, Aquinas, Bernard of Clairvaux, Bonaventure, Calvin, Descartes, Heidegger, Husserl, Jansen, Kierkegaard, Luther, Malebranche, Negri, Newman, Orosius, Ratzinger, Sartre, Schmitt, Tolkien, Wittgenstein

Major works

Confessions of St. Augustine City of God On Christian Doctrine

Saint Augustine of Hippo was a Roman African, early Christian theologian and philosopher from Numidia whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. He was the bishop of Hippo Regius in north Africa and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Period. Among his most important works are The City of God, De doctrina Christiana and Confessions.

According to his contemporary Jerome, Augustine "established anew the ancient Faith". In his youth he was drawn to Manichaeism and later to neoplatonism. After his baptism and conversion to Christianity in 386, Augustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology, accommodating a variety of methods and perspectives. Believing that the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom, he helped formulate the doctrine of original sin and made seminal contributions to the development of just war theory. When the Western Roman Empire began to disintegrate, Augustine imagined the Church as a spiritual City of God, distinct from the material Earthly City. His thoughts profoundly influenced the medieval worldview. The segment of the Church that adhered to the concept of the Trinity as defined by the Council of Nicaea and the Council of Constantinople closely identified with Augustine's On the Trinity.

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What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels. - Saint Augustine

What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels.

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Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty. - Saint Augustine

Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.

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Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. - Saint Augustine

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

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Beauty is indeed a good gift of God but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked. - Saint Augustine

Beauty is indeed a good gift of God but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.

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Love is the beauty of the soul. - Saint Augustine

Love is the beauty of the soul.

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My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is. - Saint Augustine

My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.

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Faith is to believe what you do not see the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. - Saint Augustine

Faith is to believe what you do not see the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

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Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. - Saint Augustine

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.

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Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again. - Saint Augustine

Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.

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O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet. - Saint Augustine

O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.

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God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. - Saint Augustine

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.

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God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering. - Saint Augustine

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.

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Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need the remainder is needed by others. - Saint Augustine

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need the remainder is needed by others.

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God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist. - Saint Augustine

God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist.

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The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works. - Saint Augustine

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.

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In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery? - Saint Augustine

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

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