Analysis Of Augustine 's ' The Confessions '

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Monnica With thirteen books making up the Confessions, it is hard to say what had played the most important role in Augustine’s life. Obviously, a crucial point in the story was Augustine’s conversion or return to Christianity. Readers see this as something Augustine was struggled with, from stealing fruit to joining the Manicheans. Through all of his struggles about his faith, his mother Monnica was devoted to his conversion. In this brief paper, I will discuss who Monnica was, how she played a role in her son’s conversion, and how she continues to influences others through the Confessions. Born in 331 CE, Monnica came from a Catholic family from Thagaste. When Monnica reached marriageable age she was married to Patricius, a Roman Pagan. While Patricius had many faults, such as being hot-tempered and being unfaithful to his wife, Monnica always turned to God to show he husband mercy (C. 9.9.19). From what we know, Monnica was mother to many children. We can account for at least 3, Augustine, a brother, and a sister. While the children grew up in a mixed religious household, Monnica was persistent on her children receiving a Christian education. At one point during Confessions, Augustine writes “my tender little heart had drunk in that name, the name of my Savior and your Son, with my mother’s milk, and in my deepest heart I still held on to it” (C. 3.4.8). Augustine grew up knowing the God of his mother, that much is obvious when Augustine grew ill as a child. Plagued…

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