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Saint Augustine on Romans

Augustine (354 – 430 CE) was the famous bishop of Hippo and prominent Christian theologian who had a profound influence on the shape of Western Christendom. He is also famous for his autobiography The Confessions where he provides an account of his conversion to Catholic Christianity. He describes how he was in a garden when a child’s voice compelled him to read the following verse in Romans (12.29):

I grasped, opened, and in silence read that paragraph on which my eyes first fell—Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying; but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof [Romans 13:13-14]. No further would I read, nor did I need; for instantly, as the sentence ended—by a light, as it were, of security infused into my heart—all the gloom of doubt vanished away.

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