St. Augustine of Hippo
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"You stir us so that praising you may bring us joy, because you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you."
The Confessions of Saint Augustine is considered one of the greatest Christian classics of all time. It is an extended poetic, passionate, intimate prayer that Augustine wrote as an autobiography sometime after his conversion, to confess his sins and proclaim God's goodness. Just as his first hearers were captivated by his powerful conversion story, so also have many millions been over the following sixteen centuries. His experience of God speaks to us across time with little need of transpositions.
This acclaimed new translation by Sister Maria Boulding, O.S.B., masterfully captures his experience, and is written in an elegant and flowing style. Her beautiful contemporary translation of the ancient Confessions makes the classic work more accessible to modern readers. Her translation combines the linguistic accuracy demanded by 4th-century Latin with the poetic power aimed at by Augustine, not as discernable in previous translations.
A look at the essays
- "The Confessions: Augustine's First Treatise on Grace" – Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J.
- "Creation in the Confessions" – Jared Ortiz
- "Confession, Prayer, Transformation" – Allan Fitzgerald, O.S.A.
- "Augustine's Confessions and the Source of Christian Character" – Christopher J. Thompson
David Vincent Meconi, S.J. situates the reader with the introductory essay.
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Meet the Minds behind the Confessions Edition
David Vincent Meconi, S.J.
David Vincent Meconi, S.J., is currently the assistant professor of patristic theology at Saint Louis University as well as the director of the Undergraduate Studies Program there. He holds degrees from Marquette University, the Pontifical License in Patrology from the University of Innsbruck in Austria, as well as a D.Phil., (Oxon.) in ecclesiastical history from Oxford University. His latest book is The One Christ: St. Augustine's Theology of Deification (Catholic University of America Press, 2012). He is the author of numerous monographs, essays, and video series, as well as the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review.
Maria Boulding, O.S.B.
Sr. Maria Boulding, O.S.B. (1929 - 2009), born in Liverpool, was linguistically gifted and theologically astute. Turning down a full scholarship to Oxford, she joined the cloistered Benedictine Nuns at Stanbrook Abbey in September of 1947 where she unceasingly labored for 62 years. She spent much of her later life translating the writings of St. Augustine.
Allan Fitzgerald, O.S.A.
Allan Fitzgerald, O.S.A., is the director of the Augustinian Institute (since 2009) at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He has taught in the Department of Theology at Villanova (1972–1997) and in the Augustinian Patristic Institute in Rome (1997–2009). He edited the volume Augustine through the Ages: An Encyclopedia (Wm. Eerdmans, 1999) and is the editor of Augustinian Studies since 1990. His interests include the history of penance and the life and thought of Augustine of Hippo and of Ambrose of Milan.
Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J.
Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J., received his degrees from the University of Freiburg, Germany, with works on Paulinus of Nola and Marcellus of Ancyra. From 1975 to 1990 he taught at Marquette University, and since then at Fordham University. He has held visiting professorships at John Carroll University, Boston College, St. Joseph's Seminary, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the Pontifical Gregorian University. He is the author, editor, or translator of twelve books, and the author of more than fifty scholarly articles.
Jared Ortiz is Assistant Professor of Religion at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He earned his doctorate in theology from The Catholic University of America where he wrote a dissertation on the role of creation in Augustine's Confessions. He has also earned an M.A. from Catholic University as well as an M.A. in Liberal Arts from the St. John's College Graduate Institute.
Christopher J. Thompson
Christopher J. Thompson holds degrees in theology and philosophy from Creighton University, Saint Louis University, and Marquette University. He serves as the Academic Dean of the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and writes and teaches on a variety of topics, including Thomistic moral theology, marriage and family, and the environment. He resides in Saint Paul with his wife and three children.