Feast Day 28 August: S'Arracó, Felanitx, Ca's Concos
One of the most influential figures in the history of the Church. Theologian and
philosopher responsible for the concepts of original sin, a just war and Papal
supremacy. Writer of the first autobiography The Confessions, it is still read today.
Indicative of the respect in which he is held is his additional title of St
Augustine the Blessed or the Blessed St Augustine.
He led a hedonistic life and had a mistress for fifteen years who bore him a son.
At his mother’s urgings he abandoned her to make a society marriage. Forced to wait
two years for his bride to come of age, he promptly took up with another. It was at
this time that he is reputed to have prayed,” Grant me chastity and continence but
not yet” Shortly after this he had a divine revelation and decide to devote himself
to the service of God and to embrace celibacy.
He became a famous preacher, leaving 350 sermons, all thought to be authentic. He
wrote a Rule for his monastery and over one hundred other titles. He was of the opinion
that the Bible should not be interpreted literally if it contradicted science and our
He died during the siege of Hippo, it is said at the very moment that the Vandals were
tearing down the walls. His church and his library were left untouched and his body was
later taken to Parvia in Northern Italy.