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St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor

Wednesday August 28, 2024

St. Augustine of Hippo was born in North Africa. His father was a pagan, but his mother, St. Monica, was a Christian. He spent his youth living wildly but then converted to Christianity after his mother prayed for him for years.

He became a lawyer, a priest and then later a bishop. His his extensive writings make him a doctor of the Church. After his conversion he preached and lived a life of poverty.

His feast day is August 28.

Patron Saint of ...

St. Augustine is the patron saint of brewers, printers, and theologians.

Daily Mass Readings for the Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

In addition to the suggested readings below, the readings may also be taken from the weekday readings, the Common of Pastors, or the Commons of Doctors of the Church.

  • First Reading - 1 John 4:7-16: "In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only-begotten Son into the world so that we might have life through him."
  • Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 119: "Lord, teach me your statutes."
  • Gospel - Matthew 5:13-19: "You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven."

Quotes and Social Media Graphics

our hearts are restless
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You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.

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Wings for Your Prayer
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Do you wish your prayer to fly toward God? Make for it two wings: fasting and almsgiving.

"Faith in Christ in your heart is like Christ in the boat" (St. Augustine). We wake Christ up in our hearts and then we can contemplate things with his vision because He sees beyond the storm.

Pope Francis

An August and Burning Heart

What has not been touched in some way by St. Augustine’s towering intellect and ardent spirit in the Christianities of the West? Spanning from just war to the separation of church and state; from the relationship between grace and nature to methods of biblical interpretation; from the nature of sin to the meaning of salvation; from the Trinity to epistemology; from sacraments to sexuality—Western Christians all must contend with the mark of his philosophical/theological worldview. Read more.

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