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Pope Receives Relics of St. Augustine
Zenit News Agency | November 11, 2004

Posted on 11/12/2004 2:16:20 PM PST by NYer

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 11, 2004 ( Marking the 1650th anniversary of the birth of their patron, the Augustinians have brought the relics of St. Augustine to Rome making several stops, including the Pope's private chapel.

John Paul II received the relics of the bishop of Hippo, philosopher and theologian on Thursday.

The urn containing the relics had made a previous stop at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum, center dedicated to Christian antiquity and early Church theologians, located next to St. Peter's Square.

It is the first time that St. Augustine's relics are in Rome. They were brought from Pavia, at the initiative of the Italian province of the Augustinians in union with the order's general chapter. St. Augustine's relics will be in Rome until Nov. 15.

Special celebrations are planned every day around the relics.

St. Augustine was born on Nov. 13, 354 in today's Algeria in northern Africa. He is regarded as one of the greatest thinkers of all times. After a morally and doctrinally disordered youth, he was converted while in Milan and baptized in 387 by the city's bishop, St. Ambrose.

After returning to his homeland, Augustine was elected bishop of Hippo, a ministry he exercised for 34 years, making a decisive contribution to the study of the Christian faith and the clarification of the doctrinal errors of his time. He died in the year 430.

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1 posted on 11/12/2004 2:16:20 PM PST by NYer
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His father was a pagan who converted on his death bed; his mother was Saint Monica, a devout Christian. Trained in Christianity, he lost his faith in youth and led a wild life. Lived with a Carthaginian woman from the age of 15 through 30. Fathered a son whom he named Adeotadus, which means the gift of God. Taught rhetoric at Carthage and Milan. After investigating and experimenting with several philosophies, he became a Manichaean for several years; it taught of a great struggle between good and evil, and featured a lax moral code. A summation of his thinking at the time comes from his Confessions: "God, give me chastity and continence - but not just now."

Augustine finally broke with the Manichaeans and was converted by the prayers of his mother and the help of Saint Ambrose of Milan, who baptized him. On the death of his mother he returned to Africa, sold his property, gave the proceeds to the poor, and founded a monastery. Monk. Priest. Preacher. Bishop of Hippo in 396. Founded religious communities. Fought Manichaeism, Donatism, Pelagianism and other heresies. Oversaw his church and his see during the fall of the Roman Empire to the Vandals. Doctor of the Church. His later thinking can also be summed up in a line from his writings:
Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.

2 posted on 11/12/2004 2:23:19 PM PST by NYer ("Blessed be He who by His love has given life to all." - final prayer of St. Charbel)
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3 posted on 11/12/2004 2:25:39 PM PST by nickcarraway
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4 posted on 11/12/2004 2:27:18 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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5 posted on 11/12/2004 2:38:06 PM PST by Siobhan (Pray without ceasing.)
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To: NYer
Special celebrations are planned every day around the relics.

6 posted on 11/12/2004 2:39:14 PM PST by eastsider
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After a morally and doctrinally disordered youth, he was converted while in Milan and baptized in 387 by the city's bishop, St. Ambrose.

It is impossible to post a thread on this great saint without mentioning his mother, St. Monica, who prayed unceasingly for his 'conversion'. For all mothers who seek to bring their children to God!

Death of St. Monica

St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, was born, probably, at Thagaste in Numidia, where she married and lived the greater part of her life.  She was of Berber stock and her name is Berber.  Practically everything we know of her life comes from her son's writings, particularly Book IX of his Confessions.  She was well, but rather strictly, brought up by the old nurse of the family, who, among other things, would never allow her to drink between meals.  Perhaps in reaction from this she developed the habit of taking unauthorized drinks, which grew larger as time went on, when she was sent by her parents to draw wine from the barrel; but when one of the household slaves taunted her with being a drunkard she was ashamed and gave it up.  She was married young to Patricius, a short-tempered, but by no means bad or unlikeable, man, with an old mother who was at first violently hostile to her.   She managed both husband and mother-in-law excellently, so that the old lady was completely won over and St. Monica, unlike many of her married friends and neighbors whose husbands were supposed to be better tempered, never had any marks of ill treatment from her husband to show; her own account of the matter was that Patricius kept his hands off her because she kept his tongue off him.

Her relationship to her brilliant son was a miracle of perseverance and unwearying affection.  She probably never fully understood his intellectual difficulties and vagaries, and was profoundly distressed by his Manichaeism.  Augustine, on his side, during his Manichaean period, seems to have found his mother, with her uncompromising Catholicism, rather a nuisance: at any rate, when she decided to accompany him to Rome (Patricius had died some years before, leaving her free to devote herself to her son) he gave her the slip and went off without her.  But she followed and caught him up in Milan, where she found to her joy that he was no longer a Manichee: from this time onward they were on the best of terms.  She soon came to know St. Ambrose, who had the highest regard for her, and she for him.  He even persuaded her to give up some of her North African pieties of which he disapproved or which were not in accordance with Milanese custom, such as holy picnics at the graves of the martyrs and fasting on Saturdays.

At last in 386 she had the supreme joy of seeing her son's conversion, which he himself attributed to her prayers and tears more than to any other human agency.  She shared his retreat at Cassiciacum, and was present at his baptism by St. Ambrose.  Then, in 387, she started back for Africa with St. Augustine and his friends.  At Ostia she shared with her son that great exaltation of spirit of which he tells in the tenth chapter of Book IX of his Confessions: as they talked about the life of heaven, he says, they were raised in thought above all created things; they entered into their own minds and passed them, and came at last to touch directly, for a moment, the eternal Wisdom and Word of God.  After this St. Monica said, 'My son, for my part, I have no more pleasure in anything in this life.  I do not know what I am still to do and why I am here, now my hope in this world is finished.  There was one thing because of which I wanted to stay a little while in this life, to see you a Catholic Christian before I died.  God has given me this and much more, in letting me see you despise earthly happiness and devote yourself to his service.  What am I doing here?"  Soon after, she fell ill and died at Ostia, at the age of fifty-six.

She had always been very anxious to be buried with her husband, but now when she was asked if she would mind leaving her body so far from her native city, she answered, 'Nothing is far from God; and there is no fear that he will not know where to raise me up from at the end of the world.' And her last words to her son were, 'Lay this body anywhere; don't worry about that. I only ask you to remember me at the altar of the Lord wherever you may be.' St. Augustine certainly never forgot her; nor will anyone who has read about her in his Confessions.  She was buried in Ostia.  Her body is supposed to have been translated to Rome in 1430, and to be now in the church of St. Agostino.

7 posted on 11/12/2004 2:44:35 PM PST by NYer ("Blessed be He who by His love has given life to all." - final prayer of St. Charbel)
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I highly recommend his City of God. I didn't read it cover to cover-- it's a big tome. Just pick it up and start thumbing the pages. There are lots of interesting bits. Really good stuff.

8 posted on 11/12/2004 3:00:07 PM PST by UnbornChild
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Lets hope they stay with the Catholic Church, unlike those other things that were given back to the Orthodox.

9 posted on 11/12/2004 3:01:45 PM PST by CouncilofTrent (Quo Primum...)
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Whatever became of his child? Is it known? How sad to be the son of such an incredible force, and hardly ever mentioned.

10 posted on 11/12/2004 3:07:09 PM PST by AlbionGirl (+Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccata mundi.+)
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I read the whole thing. It took a while but it is a great book that gives insight to the early Church and really proves the point that the Catholic Church's core values, beliefs and traditions haven't changed over the centuries.

11 posted on 11/12/2004 3:26:47 PM PST by frog_jerk_2004
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Whatever became of his child?

Adeodatus - he died at an early age, before Saint Monica.
12 posted on 11/12/2004 3:31:55 PM PST by GirlShortstop
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To: AlbionGirl; Convert from ECUSA
FR thread, thanks to Convert from ECUSA:
Archbishop Sheen Today! -- St. Augustine of Hippo

Pax et bonum!
13 posted on 11/12/2004 3:39:08 PM PST by GirlShortstop
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I didn't know that, so thanks. What a beautiful name, Adeoatus is. I know it means gift of God, but so does Theodore. Are they basically the same name?

14 posted on 11/12/2004 3:43:43 PM PST by AlbionGirl (+Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccata mundi.+)
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shouldn't this thread be a grpl ping???

15 posted on 11/12/2004 4:26:00 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army and Proud of It!)
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This is horrible.

16 posted on 11/12/2004 8:09:14 PM PST by rrammfcitkttur01_2006
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Un necessary comment , un necessary picture, .

17 posted on 11/13/2004 4:22:04 PM PST by Rosary (Pray the Rosary daily)
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Good book. Read Confessions, and then some of his commentaries on Genesis. Alot of the shared Catholic and Lutheran theology comes from Augustine.
18 posted on 11/13/2004 11:21:44 PM PST by redgolum (Molon labe)
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American Catholic’s Saint of the Day

August 28, 2007
St. Augustine

A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: many people are familiar with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint. But really to get to know the man is a rewarding experience.

There quickly surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life, whether his path led away from or toward God. The tears of his mother, the instructions of Ambrose and, most of all, God himself speaking to him in the Scriptures redirected Augustine’s love of life to a life of love.

Having been so deeply immersed in creature-pride of life in his early days and having drunk deeply of its bitter dregs, it is not surprising that Augustine should have turned, with a holy fierceness, against the many demon-thrusts rampant in his day. His times were truly decadent—politically, socially, morally. He was both feared and loved, like the Master. The perennial criticism leveled against him: a fundamental rigorism.

In his day, he providentially fulfilled the office of prophet. Like Jeremiah and other greats, he was hard-pressed but could not keep quiet. “I say to myself, I will not mention him,/I will speak in his name no more./But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,/imprisoned in my bones;/I grow weary holding it in,/I cannot endure it” (Jeremiah 20:9).


Augustine is still acclaimed and condemned in our day. He is a prophet for today, trumpeting the need to scrap escapisms and stand face-to-face with personal responsibility and dignity.


“Too late have I loved you, O Beauty of ancient days, yet ever new! Too late I loved you! And behold, you were within, and I abroad, and there I searched for you; I was deformed, plunging amid those fair forms, which you had made. You were with me, but I was not with you. Things held me far from you—things which, if they were not in you, were not at all. You called, and shouted, and burst my deafness. You flashed and shone, and scattered my blindness. You breathed odors and I drew in breath—and I pant for you. I tasted, and I hunger and thirst. You touched me, and I burned for your peace” (St. Augustine, Confessions).

19 posted on 08/28/2007 2:41:22 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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