Augustine of Hippo
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In his spiritual classic Confessions, St. Augustine - a Church father and Doctor of the Church - tells the story of his sinful youth and conversion to Christianity.
In the Confessions we find Augustine's most famous conversation with God, wherein he laments his years outside of God then glorifies Him for His merciful love and all encompassing beauty and peace:
"Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace."
The Confessions is a spiritual autobiography, covering the first 35 years of St. Augustine's life, with particular emphasis on his spiritual development and how he accepted Christianity. The Confessions is divided into 13 books. Books 1 through 9 contain St. Augustine's life story. Book 10 is an exploration of memory.
St. Augustine's main theological concerns are the nature of God, matter, and evil; the abstract ideas of memory and time; and the reconciliation of the Genesis creation story to the accepted Catholic doctrine.
Throughout this book, St. Augustine praises God and reminds the reader that all things come from him.
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