TAN Direction Episode 12 – The Confessions of St. Augustine: Conversion at Last


Episode 12 – The Confessions of St. Augustine: Conversion at Last

In the twelfth episode of The Commentaries series on The Confessions of Saint Augustine, Dr. Paul Thigpen explores Augustine’s conversion to the Catholic faith. The journey involves influential figures like his mother, Monica, and mentors like Saint Ambrose and Saint Simplicianus. Augustine’s struggle with the lust of the flesh and the fear of change is relatable to many on a spiritual journey. The turning point comes when a friend recounts the story of Saint Anthony, leading Augustine to a profound moment of self-reflection and eventual conversion, culminating in a powerful prayer.

Episode 12 covers Book VIII, chapters 6-12.

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Paul Thigpen, PhD, is an internationally known speaker, best-selling author, and award-winning journalist. He has published more than sixty books, including the Manual for Spiritual Warfare, Saints Who Saw Hell, and Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the Catholic Faith. In addition, he has published more than five hundred journal and magazine articles in more than forty religious and secular periodicals. His work has been circulated worldwide and translated into sixteen languages. Paul graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a BA in Religious Studies. Awarded the Woodruff, Javitz, and Salvatori Fellowships for graduate study, he earned an MA and PhD in historical theology from Emory University. In 2008, Paul was appointed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to their National Advisory Council. He has also served the Church as a university theology professor, historian, apologist, catechist, and musician.

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