During nine days, discover the tumultuous journey of St. Augustine. After an unbridled youth, he allowed Christ into his life and decided to serve the Church.
Who is Saint Augustine?
Saint Augustine (353-430) is one of the most well-known saints, probably due to his unfettered youth! He received a Christian upbringing, but steered away from faith and lost himself into multiple earthly pleasures.
He searched tirelessly for truth, despite his wild behavior. He finally discovered that Christ's Love preceded him, and asked only for one thing: a complete conversion. Augustine (re)became Christian and grew into a servant of the Church. Eventually, he emerged as the Bishop of Hippo (in actual Algeria). He spent the rest of his life spreading the Good News, studying the intelligence of faith, and fighting for the unity of the Church.
NB: We suggest that you choose to start this novena on the 20th of August, as 9 days later is the feast day of this great saint (28th August).
Everyday, you'll receive in your inbox and your prayer space a short episode from St. Augustine's life, followed by a prayer intention that will accompany you throughout the day. Thus, you'll discover:
1. A tumultuous youth.
2. A long, unsuccessful spiritual quest.
3. A radical conversion.
4. Toward Baptism.
5. In search of a "healthy leisure".
6. A determined pastoral action.
7. Interiority, path of spiritual life.
8. One heart, one soul, seeking God.
9. "Bishop for you, Christian with you"
This prayer community was initially put together in French by the Assumption Augustinians (Augustins de l'Assomption), in connection with the media Augustinian Itineraries (Itinéraires Augustiniens) and the website Following Christ: https://suivre-le-christ.com/
Prayer from the novena
Late Have I Loved You
Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! Lo, you were within, but I outside, seeking there for you, and upon the shapely things you have made I rushed headlong, I, misshapen. You were with me but I was not with you. They held me back far from you, those things which would have no being were they not in you. You called, shouted, broke through my deafness; you flared, blazed, banished my blindness; you lavished your fragrance, I gasped, and now I pant for you; I tasted you, and I hunger and thirst; you touched me, and I burned for your peace.
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