Just imagine someone who wrote 5 million pages. That was St. Augustine. He wrote about the city of God.
He wrote about why paganism failed, and why the city of God is unstoppable.
Theres a great story about a praying mother, her name was Monica. Not too much is written in history
about her, except we know she was the mother of Augustine, the greatest of all the early church fathers.
Augustine shines forth as a star in the early church history.
He was born in 354 A.D. in North Africa. His father was a pagan but his mother Monica was a virtuous
Christian woman who prayed for her son constantly. His father was only concerned about intellectual
pursuits and he knew his son was a gifted so he arranged for tutoring. Unfortunately there Augustine
was ensnared by earthly pursuits, it was too much for his nature.
His mother Monica continued to pray and her prayers were answered. Augustine went to Milan and by
the providence of God he became acquainted with the church father named Ambrose. He listened to his
sermons that was greatly impressed by the light of the Holy Spirit and began to understand the nature of
the gospel of sin and grace.
At the age of 31, Augustine was in the yard in Milan and weeping and calling to God for deliverance from sin. The story goes that he heard a voice of a boy or girl from a house nearby repeating a chant take and read. Without delay he picked up the Old Testament and read Romans.
Romans 13:13-14 King James Version (KJV)
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
At once every shadow of guilt and doubt melted away , there and then on that day he pasted from death to life.
Augustine had a deeper spiritual insight into the Scriptures than any of the church fathers. I don't believe there was ever a man more determined and fearless in defense of the truth of the gospel. He had rendered great services to the kingdom of God, and others that would come after like Luther and Calvin. The entire church is deeply in debt to Augustine, a true man of the faith.