Saint Augustine, "the Knowledgable One"
Saint Augustine was born on this date in 354. He was a Black saint, philosopher, and doctor.
He was the eldest son of Saint Monica of Saint Augustine. Aurelius Augustinus (his birth name) was born in Africa, educated in Rome, and a Milanese by baptism. He spent his early years in what is now know as Souk-Ahras, Algeria. Often called Augustine of Hippo, "The knowledgeable one," by the Roman Catholic Church, he was considered by Evangelical Protestants to be (together with the Apostle Paul and the Bible) the theological fountainhead of the Reformation teaching on salvation and grace.
His famous autobiography, “Confessions,” spotlights the tormented self-deprecation that underpins Augustine’s theology and flavors over a century of Christian faith. Saint Augustine still inspires many Christians all over the world.
Saint Augustine died on August 28, 430, as vandals were besieging the city of Hippo; that is now the date that Catholics honor him.
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