Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo

Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Augustine.  It has been said that Augustine’s works are so numerous that anyone who says they’ve read them all is a liar, but two of Augustine’s works are his most famous: The Confessions  and The City of God.

In honor of Augustine’s feast day we have two options for exercises.

1) Following Augustine’s example in The Confessions renarrate your last month as a prayer to God.  Tell God all that happened, high and low, and ask God to shed divine light on your experiences.

2) Read and reflect on Book XIX of The City of God. Here Augustine lays out a theology of peace.  Spend time reflecting on what Augustine is saying in this critical chapter.  For some scholarly reflection on the passage see Peter Leithart’s reflections on his blog.

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.


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