Audible Confessions – Bilb-weil.de

Augustine s Confessions is one of the most influential and most innovative works of Latin literature Written in the author s early forties in the last years of the fourth century AD and during his first years as a bishop, they reflect on his life and on the activity of remembering and interpreting a life Books I IV are concerned with infancy and learning to talk, schooldays, sexual desire and adolescent rebellion, intense friendships and intellectual exploration Augustine evolves and analyses his past with all the resources of the reading which shaped his mind Virgil and Cicero, Neoplatonism and the Bible This volume, which aims to be usable by students who are new to Augustine, alerts readers to the verbal echoes and allusions of Augustine s brilliant and varied Latin, and explains his theological and philosophical questioning of what God is and what it is to be human The edition is intended for use by students and scholars of Latin literature, theology and Church history I have read this book several times, both as part of the Basic Program of Liberal Education at the University of Chicago and most recently as one of the monthly selections of a reading group in which I participate Like all classics it bears rereading and yields new insights each time I read it But it also is unchanging in ways that struck me when I first read it for Augustine s Confessions seem almost modern in the telling with a psychological perspective that brings his emotional growth aliv I have read this book several times, both as part of the Basic Program of Liberal Education at the University of Chicago and most recently as one of the monthly selections of a reading group in which I participate Like all classics it bears rereading and yields new insights each time I read it But it also is unchanging in ways that struck me when I first read it for Augustine s Confessions seem almost modern in the telling with a psychological perspective that brings his emotional growth alive across the centuries From the carnality of his youth to the moment in the Milanese Garden when a spiritual epiphany changes his perspective forever, the story is an earnest and sincere exposition of his personal growth You do not have to be a Catholic or even a believer to appreciate the impact of events in the life of the young Augustine His relations with his mother, Monica, are among those that still have impact on the modern reader The additional philosophical musings, such as his discussion of the nature of time, make this evencompelling to those who appreciate philosophical contemplation Psychology, philosophy and spirituality combine to make this one of the Great books that remind you that true insight into the human condition transcends time and place I never dreamed that one day I would finished reading a 300 page memoir written by a ancient Catholic saint See, how many saints who lived during the first millennium have written himself a memoir I twice tried to read The Holy Bible once in English and once in Tagalog from cover to cover but failed I just got distracted by too many details and hard to remember names and ancient places and I could not appreciate what were all those characters are doing Excuses, excuses They say that readin I never dreamed that one day I would finished reading a 300 page memoir written by a ancient Catholic saint See, how many saints who lived during the first millennium have written himself a memoir I twice tried to read The Holy Bible once in English and once in Tagalog from cover to cover but failed I just got distracted by too many details and hard to remember names and ancient places and I could not appreciate what were all those characters are doing Excuses, excuses They say that reading The Holy Bible needs the Holy Spirit to come to you so that it will be the spirit who will whisper the words to your ears so that you will understand the word of God Maybe the spirit is still contemplating whether a sinner like me is worth his time and effort Until I came to this memoir Written by a self confessed sinner who is now considered one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity Saint Augustine latin word for church father of Hippo 354 430 It took methan 4 weeks to finish this book Not a straight read It is impossible to do that The memoir is like a letter of St Augustine to God and in the letter, he is conversing and confessing He pours out his thoughts, his doubts, his questions Some of those are funny based on what we all know now with the advances in science and technology He tells Him his weaknesses, what wrongs he has done to others His sins in thoughts, in words, in actions.Reading it is like uttering a prayer Read a page or two and you get that feeling that you have achieve your daily quota of prayers St Augustine poured his heart out in each page of his memoir Something that is inspiring for me to ask myself those questions he threw out to God and reflect on those thoughts that he put on the pages.There are so many quotes that I would like to capture here but if I do that, I think I will be quoting half of the book Most of them are in long and winding sentences but this first paragraph of Book 11 is my favorite Is it possible, lord, that, since you are in eternity, you are ignorant of what I am saying to you Or, do you see in time an event at the time it occurs If not, then why am I recounting such a tale of things to you Certainly not in order to acquiant you with them through me but, instead, that through them I may stir up my own love and the love of my readers toward you, so that all may say, Great is the lord and greatly to be praised I have said this before and will say it again For love of your love I do it So also we pray and yet truth tells us, Your father knows want things you need before you ask him Consequently, we lay bare our feelings before you, so that, through our confessing to you our plight and your mercies towards us, you may go on to free us altogether, as you have already begun and so that we may cease to be wretched in ourselves and blessed in you since you have called us to be poor in spirit, meek, mourners, hungering and athirst for righteousness, merciful and pure in heartNow, I have to give The Holy Bible another try I could not have finished this whole book and pointed that beautiful part if there was no Holy Spirit upon me Oh ye of little faith I am going to take my time with this book It d be the first time I read this sort of thing just for the joy of it I m just a bit familiar with St Augustine and while I know this can be a hard read due to my personal beliefs, it is always great to read what other people s take on religion, love, hate and the human meaning. This experience sufficiently illuminates the truth that free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion Augustine, ConfessionsSublime and OriginalI can t believe it has taken me so long to read Augustine s Confessions I might not agree with some of his conclusions my Christian framework, Mormon , would be considered a heresy by Augustine , but his influence on Christianity, philosophy, and the West can t be ignored I read this book in little bits on Sunday duri This experience sufficiently illuminates the truth that free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion Augustine, ConfessionsSublime and OriginalI can t believe it has taken me so long to read Augustine s Confessions I might not agree with some of his conclusions my Christian framework, Mormon , would be considered a heresy by Augustine , but his influence on Christianity, philosophy, and the West can t be ignored I read this book in little bits on Sunday during Church specifically Mormon church,specifically Sacrament meeting You may notice the math doesn t work I ve spent nearly half of the year reading Augustine on Sundays 52 2 26 26x20 520 and Confessions is NOT 520 pages That is easily explained I have two friends a six year old Cohen and a ten year old Wes with autism They often sit with me when they struggle with the pews at Church and end up beingthan their parents can handle I must confess, I can do amazing things on Sunday with Wes or Cohen mints or candy help , but Wes Cohen Augustine never seems to work out well for Augustine Thus, my progress has been slowed I think both God and Augustine would will understand.I must also confess that I liked the Confessions part of the book,than the expositions the last 4 books my Mormon framework, Zen Mormon, would also be considered a heresy by most Mormons