Saint Augustine, son of St. Monica, was born in Africa and spent many years of his life in sinful living.
By today’s standards, he would be considered a delinquent. Though he was one of the most intelligent men who ever lived, and though he had been brought up a Christian, his sins were so significant that he lost his connection to his faith in God.
Through the prayers of his holy and loving mother, St. Monica, and the marvelous preaching of St. Ambrose, Augustine finally became convinced that Christianity was the one true religion. Yet he did not become a Christian then, because he thought he could never live a pure life.One day, however, he heard about two men who had suddenly been converted, and he felt terrible ashamed of himself. “What are we doing?” he cried to his friend Alipius.