Born 354; died 430. Controversial leader in early Christianity. Her gave
Christianity a "solid philosophical foundation" because of his knowledge of
Plato. His confronting the errors of Pelagianism (that salvation is
attainable by man's efforts and will) evolved his doctrine of
Predestination. His masterpiece, THE CITY OF GOD, was a monumental work
that helped form the basis for the development of the Roman Catholic
hierarchy and papacy.
From READ ME OR RUE IT by Fr. Paul O'Sullivan. Imp. Joannes Timotheus,
Archiepiscopus, Cincinnatenesis, 8/22/25. Re-printed 11/2/74 by National
Centre for Padre Pio, 11 N. Whitehall Rd., Norristown, PA 19403.
St. Augustine teaches that to be purified of their faults previously to
being admitted to Heaven, souls after death are subjected to a fire more
dreadful than anything we can conceive in this life. `Though this fire is
destined to cleanse and purify the soul,' adds the Holy Doctor, `still it
is more acute than anything we could possibly endure on earth.'"
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