Book Review: The Confessions
Born in 354 AD in North Africa, St. Augustine has become a beacon of hope for all human beings. A filthy sinner of the flesh turned saint by his death in 430 AD, St. Augustine must go down as one of the greatest to pass through the 2,000 years of Catholic heritage. “The Confessions” is one work that will affect its reader forever. Why? We are human, like Augustine, which means we attempt to escape the snares and thickets of sin daily, even hourly. And like Augustine, who use to not have St. as his title, he was like us earthlings, moving upstream against the culture, fads, and whims of secular forces. But like
Augustine, we too can strive, and at times dive under and emerge on the other side unscathed by societal mediocrity. We can be saints! What are you waiting for? Harness first the power of the soul, as Augustine did one thousand six hundred years ago. “My soul, why do you face about and follow the lead of the flesh? Turn forward, and let it follow you!” Lust, drunkenness, fornication, theft, and pride were routine undertakings in Augustine’s daily walkabout. The sin of the flesh overtook him, but then, ‘his soul turned about.’ The turn was not instantaneous. The will of the flesh and the will of the soul went to battle. After years, not days or months, years, the will of Augustine’s soul made him a saint. Immerse yourself in these words to gain insight into the fall, the battle within, and the hope we all should carry that we will partake of the saintly Banquet in Heaven.