It’s Time You Picked Up The Confessions

This week, we remember the great faith of the saints, recalling their example of virtue and  desire to fully live the Gospel message.

By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications

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So you’ve read Confessions of a Shopaholic (I won’t tell). You’ve watched Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (mum’s the word). One thing you need to read (or read again) is The Confessions by Saint Augustine.

Far from being some juicy, 4th century tell-all (well, that’s not entirely true), it’s a beautiful, sweeping story of a soul that once was lost and then was found. It’s a saint’s most personal revelation of his sins, as well as a magnificent confession of God’s grace.

If you haven’t read it, here’s a 5-point sales pitch.

This book is for you if:

1

…You think you’ve sinned so horribly that you can’t be forgiven. Theft, lust, adultery, heresy, child born out of wedlock…just a few of Saint Augustine’s foibles. But he walks the reader through how God undid each and every one.

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 …You don’t feel understood by your mother. Augustine’s relationship with Saint Monica was not a smooth one. Of course he admits that this was largely his fault. But Saint Monica had a few of her own demons to overcome, too. Their relationship is one that should give hope to those with even the most troubled mother-child dynamic.

3

 …You are hoping to read more Scripture but are short on time. Of course the first place that you should go is the Bible. But an additional bonus of reading The Confessions is a renewed appreciation for Scripture’s applicability to your daily life, particularly the Psalms. Maybe right now you only recite them at Mass between the first and second readings. Saint Augustine will help you see how the Psalms speak to every single person’s life.

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 …You like beautiful things. Or rather, you like beauty. “Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and new!” Saint Augustine prays. The saint understands that God is Love. He is Truth. He is Goodness. But He’s also Beauty. When I realized that, it changed everything, and I have Saint Augustine to thank.

5

 …You’re struggling with believing in the Church’s teachings…or believing at all. Many people today think that religious people are ignorant and small-minded. “Enlightened” people are supposed to put their faith in science or in various philosophies or ideologies. Saint Augustine searched for the Truth for years. And when he found it, he became not only one of the greatest theologians of the Church, but one of the most prolific writers and thinkers of all time.

Go pick up The Confessions by Saint Augustine.  Then tell us @arlingtonchurch why you loved it.

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