Are You a Glutton?

St. Augustine says something in Book X of Confessions that has always made me somewhat uncomfortable. At the time he's writing, Augustine has long since converted. He is a bishop, renowned theologian, preacher, and saint. In this section of his book, he discusses the temptations that he struggles with daily, and one is particularly interesting: "But [...]

How to Pray on Christmas

The Christmas season gives us special opportunities for prayer. Though all prayer is good at all times, I think the birth of Christ lends primarily to prayers of petition and thanksgiving. For inspiration, consider the following passage from Book 7 of St. Augustine's Confessions: "Then I sought a way of obtaining strength sufficient to enjoy Thee; [...]