Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Saint Augustine

1600 years ago in northern Africa, a man was born to a devout Catholic woman and a pagan father. This woman prayed and wept for both her husband and her son's conversion.  Her son was promiscuous and sought every pleasure that was to be found in life. Despite what appeared to be a hopeless situation, God heard Saint Monica's prayers and her son and husband both converted to Christianity. Her son went on to become a priest, bishop and Doctor of the Universal Church. His autobiography, Confessions, has been published in every language and still remains in print to this day!  Today the Universal Church celebrates this great saint and teacher and role model. Yesterday, we celebrated his mom, St. Monica.
(Technically, because today is Sunday, we don't call today the Feast of St. Augustine as we would if it fell on another day of the week.)

“Too late have I loved you, O Beauty of ancient days, yet ever new! Too late I loved you! And behold, you were within, and I abroad, and there I searched for you; I was deformed, plunging amid those fair forms, which you had made. You were with me, but I was not with you. Things held me far from you—things which, if they were not in you, were not at all. You called, and shouted, and burst my deafness. You flashed and shone, and scattered my blindness. You breathed odors and I drew in breath—and I pant for you. I tasted, and I hunger and thirst. You touched me, and I burned for your peace” (St. Augustine, Confessions).

In honor of Saint Augustine, I am offering a free download of Late Have I Loved You, inspired by the writings of St. Augustine . Go here to download the free song and thank God for giving us saints like Saint Augustine and his mum.
(Sorry, offer over now. 8/31 )


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