TAN Direction Episode 7 – The Confessions of St. Augustine: Challenges in Rome and Milan


Episode 7 – The Confessions of St. Augustine: Challenges in Rome and Milan

Dr. Paul Thigpen delves into Saint Augustine’s prayer, acknowledging God’s faithful love and providence even in the face of sinners denying Him. As Augustine recounts his journey from North Africa to Rome, the narrative highlights the pivotal role of influential figures, including the Manichaean Bishop Faust and the Bishop Saint Ambrose, in shaping his spiritual transformation. Augustine’s gratitude for the unforeseen ways God guided him becomes a central theme, emphasizing the divine orchestration of events and the power of persevering prayers, notably those of his mother, Monica. The episode concludes with a prayer, echoing Augustine’s plea for a joyful sacrifice of reminiscing about his past and expressing gratitude to God.

Episode seven covers Book V, chapters 1-14.

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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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