Saint Augustine and Saint Monica

Saint Augustine and Saint Monica accounts taped in Italy about their intetwined lives


Saint Augustine and his childhood

Saints Augustine and his mother MonicaOn the 13th of November, 354 A.D., a child was born to a pagan father, Patricius, and a Christian mother, Monica, in Tagaste, North Africa. He was not very strong; most books, including his Confessions describe him as puny. He needed the additional milk of the slave women, never having enough. He grew up in the women's quarters, and at an early age, learned how to get what he wanted; and what he wanted was usually that which pleased his senses. As an infant, he soon discovered when to smile and when to cry. The infant grew into the boy and then the man later using anger to barrel his way through life and the stormy society into which he had been born.

Monica tried to rear her son, carefully. He was plainly the favorite, of her three children, even though he had inherited much of the self-will and violent temper of his father. From his earliest years, he had a haunting, gnawing, seeking of something or someone, that was to lead him into pain and questioning for most of his life. He wanted to understand everything.

His mother was born of generations of Christians. Although her husband was much older than Monica, she was stronger, especially in her Christian beliefs and practices. She looked upon their union as Holy and Sacramental, which very often became a thorn in her husband's side. As she was extremely beautiful; her Holiness and her husband's lustful desire of her were not compatible. How she tried to convert him, but to no avail! All her fasting, abstinence and religious observances did not help to draw him to the Church, either. Rather, it annoyed him; he wanted her all for himself! Out of love for her, he did, however, allow all their children's names to be inscribed among the catechumens.

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Saint Augustine's education started before he was born, Saint Monica consecrating him to God and to His service. He wrote, "he tasted the salt of God within his mother's womb."

When Saint Augustine was eight or nine years old, he became gravely ill, close to death. He asked to be baptized; but he soon recovered, and he set it aside. It was the accepted custom of the time, to wait until the threat of death before baptizing. They believed there were so many temptations for a child to succumb to, it would be better if he were an ignorant catechumen sinning, rather than a Baptized Christian whose sins would be more serious. Saint Augustine, in company with other Fathers of the Church of his time, would help to eradicate this error from the Church

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sinner turned Saint, converted through his mother's prayers, to become Doctor of the Church. 

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Down through the ages, men and women have given their lives to carry out the command of Jesus.  Bob and Penny Lord have tracked the lives of 12 men who have said, Yes! to Jesus, and dedicated their lives to that Yes!, some at the cost of their lives.  Their biographies parallel the times of crisis in our Church.  Bob and Penny have set their sights on the man and the time in which he lived.  They have started at the beginning of our infant Church, with one of the greatest adventurers our Faith has ever known, Paul the Apostle, and continued to our present day, ending with a Paul of the Electronic Age, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
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Saint Paul Jesus spoke to him; he converted, and archenemy of the Christians became Apostle to Gentile World
Saint Augustine Doctor of the Church - Sinner turned Saint - Read how his mother prayed him to holiness.
Saint Francis of Assisi Most like Jesus -lived the Gospel life - Brother Sun - Stigmatist - Founder of Franciscans
Saint Anthony Finder of Lost Souls - Great homilist, Mystic, Hammer of Heretics, Miracle of the Eucharist
Saint Peregrine The Cancer Saint, Incorrupt body
Saint John of the Cross Reformer of Carmelites - Doctor of the Church - Mystic - Poet - Soldier of Christ
Saint John Vianney Patron Saint of Parish Priests, had visions of Mother Mary - did battle with the devil.
Saint John Bosco Mystic - Visionary - Prophesied these last days - Pied-piper of lost children of the streets.
Saint Maxmilian Kolbe - founded Knights of the Immaculata, died as a Martyr in Auschwitz.
Saint Miguel Pro Martyr of Mexico of the 20th century
Blessed Padre Pio Visionary, Stigmatist for 50 yrs, bi-located, perfect confessor, transverberation of the heart.
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen - First Televangelist - A Prophet of these latter days-maligned and misunderstood.
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