IO THE INHABITANTS OF THE PHILIPPINES
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Augustine (Aurelius Augustinus) one of the four great fathers of the Latin Church, and admittedly the greatest of the four, was born at Tagaste (Tajelt), a town of Numidia, North Africa, a.d. 354. His father, Patricius, was a burgess of this town, and was still a pagan at the time of his son's birth.
His mother, Mnica, was not only a Christian, but a woman of the most elevated, tender, and devoted piety, whose affectionate and beautiful enthusiasm have passed into a touching type of womanly saintliness for all ages.
Augustine studied rhetoric at Madaura and Carthage, and visited Rome and Milan.
He passed many years in unrest of mind and doubt, but ultimately a passage from Romans xii. 13, 14 seemed to pour the light of peace into his heart. He became a Christian and was baptised in his thirty-third year. Patricius was also converted and baptised, and Monica found the desire of her life fulfilled and her dear ones united to her in faith.
After some years of retirement, Augustine made a journey to Hippo Regius, a Roman colony on the River Rubricatus in North Africa, and became a presbyter.
His principal writings are 'The City of God/ 'Confessions,' and 4 The Trinity.'
He died during the siege of Hippo by the Vandals at the age of 75.
The theological position and influence of Augustine may be said to be unrivalled. No single name has ever exercised such power over the Christian Church, and no one mind has ever made such an impression upon Christian thought.
The Augustinians look upon this great Christian moralist as their founder, and reverence his memory and that of his saintly mother.
Whether he personally drew up the rules they observe or not, they were his disciples, following in his footsteps, and finding their inspiration in his writings and example.
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