Augustine, who was bishop of Hippo in North Africa, is recognized as a father of the early church and one of the preeminent influences in the development of Western Christianity. He is revered by Roman Catholics and Anglicans, as well as in the Eastern Orthodox Church. He recorded his spiritual journey in his famous Confessions, a classic of both Christian theology and world literature.
"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. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more."
—from The Confessions of Saint Augustine
North Africa, 354-430.
His feast day is August 28.
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