The Confessions of Saint Augustine
Perhaps the most powerful of all St. Augustine's writings
is The Confessions of Saint Augustine, a partial autobiography
written in his forties because he in fact died in his
seventies. His young years passed in a stable, financially
sound family setting. His teen and young adult years
were spent in an irresponsible life style, especially
filled with sexual lust. This was an important element
in his eventual life choices because it exposed him
to exactly what he did not want to be, causing him much
thoughtful anguish and eventual conversion to a life
of service in the early church. Saint Augustine jewelry
in the form of necklace, a pendant, a medal or medallion
, and certainly a cross are worn as reminders of his
early life that corresponds closely with modern day
life and temptations.
The confessions begin with commentary of his infancy
through age 14, wherein he makes note of the facts that
he cannot recall any major sins of that time period.
Sinful Teen Years
St. Augustine moves along to describe his sinful teen
years as basically a thief and a punk obsessed with
sexual lust in thought and action. During the decade
of his twenties he studied Aristotle in depth, and also
a close friend died, both of which caused him to realize
love of anything is only valid through God, not valid
through human alone.
St. Augustine's Thirties
The decade of his thirties he spent studying under
the guidance of St.
Ambrose and eventually converted to Christianity.
St. Augustine reflects upon the spiritual value of confession
and how it relates to the five senses, and spent considerable
hours contemplating upon the Book of Genesis and upon
the concept and the reality of the Holy
Saint Augustine Patron Saint
Saint Augustine is the patron saint of candidates for
priesthood, which is understandable given his brilliant
thoughts and writings on the limitations of the human
condition and the necessity of reliance upon the grace