The Confessions of St Augustine

This paper illustrates that in his works Confessions, Augustine writes how the human heart remains restless and troubled until it rests in the Lord. To manifest this, Augustine uses his own life and clearly narrates his path in pursuit of meaning. He elaborates on all the troubles he had faced and how they had left his heart agitated until he found refuge in the Lord. The work confessions feature Augustine’s sinful youth and his conversion to Christianity through meditation and having insight into his distressed life. St. Augustine regrets how much he had indulged in a sinful and immoral life such as his involvement in sexual immoralities, believing in an evil religion and he intensely suffers because of his sins. Immorality and all sorts of sin had characterized St. Augustine’s early life. He reflects on all that he had done and realizes that from his infancy he had always gone against the one true God and this was primarily the reason why he could not find peace within himself. St. Augustine recognizes that even as a child he had sinned though he had forgotten what he had done exactly. He knows one to find rest in the Lord they have to confess all their sins including the ones they had committed as children. Augustine blames the socialization process has having played a big role in his childhood sins and that, before socialization, a true picture of the exact destination of one’s life is painted. St. Augustine gives some insight into group mentality and recognizes that he had only sinned because he was in the company of others. Augustine came from a good family that had never lacked food, but he finds himself amongst bad companions who influence him to succumb to the lust of the flesh and to commit theft. He and his friends steal peers while they had better pears at home. Augustine also explains the feeling that he gets while they eat the stolen pears and throw the rest to the pigs.