Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

St. Augustine: the Proper Role of Shepherds

“Yet there are shepherds who want to have the title of shepherd without wanting to fulfill a pastor’s duties;” —St. Augustine of Hippo, Sermon on Pastors from The Office of Readings, 16 September, 2018 St. Augustine, as usual, had something

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Quote for the Day: St. Augustine

“May God in His mercy grant that every day we may be troubled, tried, disciplined, or make some progress.” –St. Augustine, Sermone 16A, 12 (taken from “Augustine Day by Day”–Oct. 18) Ipse dixit.

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Augustine’s Confessions: An Elusive Love

Book 3 finds Augustine studying in Carthage. On the personal front, the adult Augustine accuses his late-teen self of being consumed by lust, but he hasn’t yet found a specific person to get into trouble with. I had not yet

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Augustine’s Confessions: Sin for the Sake of Sin

In Book 2, we find Augustine (the character) as a teenager, while Augustine (the author) takes the opportunity to think about what makes us sin. The connection will be familiar to us all. Augustine talked about Original Sin in Book

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Augustine’s Confessions: Growing Up Human

The second half of Book I (Chapters 7 to 20) deal with the earliest years of Augustine’s life, starting with his infancy. One of the things I find kind of charming about this section is the approach Augustine brings to

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Augustine’s Confessions: Contemplating the Infinite

Book I of The Confessions seems to me to fall into two parts: Chapters 1-7 grapple with the very concept of an infinite and eternal God, while Chapters 8-20 discuss the human experience of growing up and attaining some degree

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Augustine’s Confessions: Getting Started

For several years running, I did a series of Lenten reading posts focused on Dante’s Divine Comedy. It’s been a couple years, and I never did cover the last couple cantos of the Purgatorio, for which I am sorry. Perhaps

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