St. Augustine Essay

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St. Augustine
A life filled with unhappiness to happiness, love and lust, and everything in between, St. Augustine lived a life that was nothing far from you and I. Infancy to boyhood, boyhood to adolescence, and adolescence to adulthood, in his “Confessions he talks directly to God, in humility, yet conscious that God is concerned for him personally” (Mack et al. 616). St. Augustine is a saint not because he was perfect, but instead because he was aware of his sins and forever continued learning from his mistakes. All throughout his life he came to bumps in the road and not always dealt with them the best way, but with each one he came closer to the Lord. Augustine recognizes his ...view middle of the document...

621). He is caught up in the idea of loving and falling in love simply because of his desire to, rather than following who and what God wants him to love. Between the object of material love and the object of eternal love, it is shown that evil comes from the desire for material love. St. Augustine confesses to his love for the wrong things, which is keeping him from the eternal love that is enduring and only God can provide for him.
When St. Augustine realizes he is pursuing the wrong kind of love, and is only left with uncleanliness and unhappiness, he cries out for the Lord, “Why not now, why not have an end to my uncleanness this very hour?” (Mack et al. 632). He heard a voice from nearby who demanded him to open up Scripture and read the first passage he laid his eyes on. After St. Augustine had read the passage it was the ending when “all of the darkness of uncertainty vanished away” (Mack et al. 632). It was then when he felt true happiness, no longer needing objects to make him happy but just the love of God that we find permanent and enduring happiness. After St. Augustine got baptized is when he truly experienced happiness and joy. “…my feeling of devotion overflowed, and the tears ran from my eyes, and I was happy in them.” (Mack et al. 635). From that point forward, St. Augustine dealt with everyday struggles just like you and I, but after being baptized he had a different outlook towards everything he was faced with. His thoughts were no longer out of lust or evil, but instead happiness and faith. As he came in contact with a beggar he realized a lot about himself, “dragging the load of [his] unhappiness under the spurring of [his] desires” (Mack et al. 628). It was situations like this that lead St. Augustine to come to the Lord and find lasting happiness.
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