Augustine was born in 354 in northern Africa. During his time as a teacher of rhetoric, he was caught up in the Manichean heresy and began to live a lascivious and immoral life.
Thanks to the intercessory prayers of his mother, Monica, along with the godly guidance of Saint Ambrose, Augustine freed himself from these bonds and converted to Christianity.
He was baptized in 407. Shortly after, he was ordained priest, and later he was made bishop of Hippo. His biographical work Confessions, which explains his spiritual struggles, has been instrumental in bringing others to Christ. Because of this and of his other great works, he was made one of the four great Doctors of the Western Church.
“The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom: and his tongue will be talking of judgment.” (The day’s Gradual, page E 109, The People’s Anglican Missal)