Confessions (latin: confessiones) is the name of an autobiographical work, consisting of 13 books, by saint augustine of hippo, written in latin between ad 397 and 400 the work outlines saint augustine's sinful youth and his conversion to christianity. His mother—st monica—was a christian and raised augustine in the faith, though he was not baptized until he was an adult he was of mixed-race ancestry, with ancestors including phoenicians. Below are the excerpts from st augustine's work- 'the confessions', regarding his mother st monica: and you sent your hand from above, and drew my soul out of that profound darkness, when my mother, your faithful one, wept to you on my behalf more than mothers are wont to weep the bodily death of their children. Augustine had spent three weeks aft er his garden experience fi nishing up his summer term of teaching th en he went off to his friend's villa at cassiciacum.
Analyze closely augustine's tribute to his mother, monica augustine's confessions and t'ao chi'en's autobiographical poems, written in the same time period, represent two quite different versions of the self. Augustine was only 33 at the time of his mother's death, and many years of service to christ and his church lay before him in later years augustine could look back on his life and recognize the importance of his mother's perseverance in prayer to his own salvation and ministry. Much of the rest of this book is taken up with events leading up to the death of augustine's mother monica which includes a powerful tribute in which augustine praises his mother's virtue as the christian wife of a non-believer who won both her pagan husband and her wayward son to christ through persistent prayer and witness. Monica's job in the confessions is mostly to cry and beseech god for augustine's soul but hey, she does a darned good job at it and it eventually gets her sainthood in the book, she is the epitome of piety and charity.
Instead of marrying again, however, augustine converts—much to his mother's delight—and begins his ascent as one of the most respected theologians and philosophers of the catholic church. St monica (331-387) was the mother of st augustine (whose feast day is august 28) monica, her pagan and licentious husband patricius, his cantankerous mother, and her three children (including augustine) all lived together in north africa. Beloved saint monica, mother of the great saint, augustine of hippo — father and doctor of the church — had her hands full with her son who was both a brilliant student and something of a. Born in 354 in tagaste (in what is now algeria), augustine had a devout christian mother named monica his pagan father, patricius, was a roman official augustine was brilliant, so his parents.
Augustine reported all this to his mother, who rejoiced in god for his answer to her lifelong prayer for her son 387 — that summer augustine, monica, and their fellow companions had to remain in the port of ostia while the harbors of rome were blockaded by an ongoing civil war. In the closing part of book ix of the confessions, augustine has a moving tribute to both mother and father in a text where, for the first and only time, he uses his mother's name monica told her son that the only thing she wanted from life was to see her son a catholic and a child of heaven. However, his mother was called monica, or as some scholars render it, monnica assuming she too was a native of thagaste, and given the clue in her name, it is assumed by many that monica was of. St monica is not revered as a saint because she is the mother of st augustine she is revered because of her holy life, her continued persistence in the practice of the virtues of patience and faith. His mother monica tried to raise him as a christian but augustine, his mental agility obvious from childhood, scoffed at the scriptures and took delight in pointing out apparent contradictions he recounts his exploits in the brothels of that infamous city of sin, carthage, with his friend licentius.
The observable facts about augustine's religious history are that he was born to a mother, monnica, who was a baptized christian, and a father, patricius, who would take baptism on his deathbed when augustine was in his teens neither was particularly devout, but monnica became more demonstratively religious in her widowhood and is venerated. Augustine concludes his conversion narrative by praying to god, remember monica, your handmaid31 augustine wishes to praise his mother's life in god, which is why he uses her name in this prayer, the only instance of her name in the confessions. Augustine's mother, monica, has to rank as one of the most well-known matriarchs in christendom's history she lived with her husband, patricius, whom augustine describes as a poor free man.
Monica's death allows augustine to see some of his mother's imperfection, which led to his true acceptance of god he says, i will aside for a while all the good deeds which my mother did. Despite augustine's clear tribute to his mother and his acknowledgment to god that her prayers were steadily making their way to you, monica's intentions and their forceful expression in her dream do not succeed in convincing or converting her son: i spent almost nine more years deep in the dark muck of error, trying often to climb. Monica's prayers and example finally won her husband and mother-in-law to christianity her husband died in 371, one year after his baptism monica had at least three children who survived infancy.
The stage of augustine's life now to be discussed is adolescence and his erupting puberty what does augustine say would have been best for him at this time -it would have been best for him to marry young because that way he would be having sex for the reason it was intended for and not just to go crazy. St monica, the mother of st augustine of hippo, was born in 322 in tagaste (located in modern-day algeria) her parents were christians, but little is known of her early life most of the information about her comes from book ix of her son's confessions. Augustine's mother (en100) augustine's mother read st monica's life, you will see her care for her augustine and find much to console you, wrote saint francis de sales to saint jane de chantal when she was having trouble with her teenage son.
With these words st augustine narrates the exchange between his mother st monica and an unnamed bishop monica weeps to the saintly bishop, urging him to purge her son of his errant thinking because of his intelligence and his studies in rhetoric, augustine enjoyed worldly success, but his moral profligacy made his inner life tumultuous. Monica - augustine's catholic mother she accompanied him on many of his moves from city to city, spending time with him not only in thagaste but also in carthage, milan, and ostia she accompanied him on many of his moves from city to city, spending time with him not only in thagaste but also in carthage, milan, and ostia. Finally, augustine went into seclusion with his mother, brother, son, and a few friends to prepare for baptism and, on easter of the year 387 - to the great joy of monica - was baptized by bishop ambrose and became a member of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.