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Sunday, September 8, 2013

St. Augustine's conversion

St. Augustine's mistress and son, and a lesson from his conversion; The conversion of St. Augustine, by Fra Angelico

The greatest of the Fathers of the Church, the Doctor of Grace, St. Augustine was not always so saintly. This is well known. Until his thirty-second year, the future Bishop of Hippo was not baptized nor did he live a life worthy of the true Faith.

St. Augustine, in the time before his conversion, had contracted an illicit relationship with an unnamed woman and, from this union, came a son. What became of these two – this mother and son – after St. Augustine’s conversion?

What brought about this great conversion in Augustine? (...)

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