Reading Confessions Sign-Up

This Fall, Sacra Pagina will be hosting a reading and discussion group dedicated to St. Augustine’s Confessions. I invite you to join me in reading, pondering, and discussing this classic text of Christian spirituality. If you would like to participate, simply reply to this thread or email me indicating your intentions.

When:  Confessions is divided into 13 books, so we will begin discussing Book 1 on Monday, September 27 and finish reading Book 13 on Monday, December 20. Each Monday in between marks a book due date. The reading load is about 25 pages per week, a relatively light amount that I hope leaves time for meditation.

Which version: Readers are welcome to use whichever text they like, but I recommend the Oxford edition translated by Henry Chadwick, listing at $7.95 right now. I will be using this translation in my posts. There are a few free texts available, but they are either poorer translations or use outdated English. A Latin text with commentary is available online.

How:  Sometime before each week’s due date, you read the current chapter. Usually on Sunday night, I’ll post some commentary on it as well as my own thoughts and perhaps some questions to jump-start discussion. You’re free to respond to questions, ask your own, or just let us know how the reading affected you. The more interaction, the more satisfying this experience will be for everyone.

“Dona sua coronat deus, non merita tua.”
[God crowns his gifts, not your merits.] ~ St. Augustine

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  1. Count me in. I’m thrilled you’re using the Chadwick translation, since that’s the one I own.

  2. I’m in too. thanks for buying the book for me

  3. I’ll bite, but I confess that I’ll have to find my copy somewhere in storage. So thanks for the lead time before the first assignment.

  4. count me in

  5. Guess I’m gonna try for this one, despite my absolute dropage of the Greek group…I’m in.

  6. I’m in.

  7. I am looking forward to this!

  8. sounds like a great idea – count me in.

  9. Looking forward to it.

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  11. Signing up, though with Boulding.

  12. […] in a reading and discussion group on Augustine’s Confessions. The discussion is hosted at SacraPagina (Sacred Page).  You can read an introduction to the work there, and if you interested in being involved in the […]

  13. Count me in.


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