The Augustinian Journey to God

Our hearts are restless until they rest in God

Saint Augustine teaches that in all the strivings of everyday life, everyone is ultimately searching for God. The Augustinian journey to God therefore involves a continual search for the ever-present God in our day to day desires, passions, circumstances, gifts, shortcomings, encounters with other people, etc.

Around the year 400, Saint Augustine wrote The Confessions, a spiritual self-examination in which Augustine recounts his gradual discovery of the ever-present God in all the dealings of his life. Through his examination he shares the journey of his own conversion away from the previous wanderings of his life to God.

Through the Confessions we too can discover that the journey of Augustine is not unlike our own. We have a lot to learn from Saint Augustine. This site invites all to journey with Augustine through his Confessions as we continue our own pilgrimage to Christ.

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Confessions Book XIII

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Eight Mobile Apps for the Journey to God

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A Prayer from Saint Augustine for Reconciliation and Forgiveness

Let them turn back, and seek you, for you do not forsake your creation as they have forsaken their creator. Let them only turn back. See! There you are in their hearts, in the hearts of all those who confess to you, who fling themselves into your arms and weep against your breast after their […]

A Prayer from Saint Augustine for Strength

O Lord our God, grant us to trust in your overshadowing wings. Protect us beneath them and bear us up. You will carry us as little children, even to our grey-headed age you will carry us still. When you are our strong security, that is strength indeed. But when our security is in ourselves, that […]

The Restless Journey Within

by Joseph Mostardi, O.S.A. “We do not see things the way they are, but we see things the way we are.” I have always been a fan of a good “one-liner” that in its simplicity helps to make sense of life’s more complicated and critical moments. The wisdom and logic behind these inspired and prophetic […]

The Confessions of Saint Augustine

Translated by E. B. Pusey (Edward Bouverie) AD 401 This copy of the Confessions (minus the featured image on this post) is made available via public domain compliments of Project Gutenberg ( Click here for copyright information. Text file compiled by Robert S. Munday, this posting leveraged an HTML file produced by David Widger, posted […]

Restlessness in a Time of Rest

by Dan Madden, O.S.A. I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about restlessness, one of the pillars of Augustinian spirituality. Augustine begins his classic spiritual book, The Confessions, with a prayer to God. Really, the entire work could be said to be a prayer, for Augustine is always in dialogue with God throughout. Augustine sets the […]

Prayer of Contrition

This prayer can be found in Book X, chapters 4-6 of the Confessions of Saint Augustine. In this prayer Augustine pleads for God to continue the good work He has begun in him in spite of his failures and weaknesses. In this prayer Augustine not only appeals to God’s great mercy, but also recognizes the […]