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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