Did you hear about the bishop?
The bishop used to make his mother cry all the time.
People also remembered the bishop saying pretty contemptuous things about the Church, its leaders, and its theology.
All that happened before he had heard the Archbishop of Milan. Soon after that, he started getting his life together, his girlfriend left him to pursue the religious life on her own, and eventually he and his 15-year-old son entered the Church to the great joy of his mother.
He settled into a quiet life of prayer and writing in monasteries he established, but he was not to be allowed a quiet life. He was practically drafted into the priesthood and to be a prominent spokesperson for the Catholic faith. When his bishop became feeble, he was again drafted into being made coadjutor bishop. After the old bishop died, he would continue as bishop of the diocese for 34 years, all the time writing and preaching about the Catholic faith.
St. Augustine, bishop of the north African city of Hippo, one of the greatest intellects of the Western world, died at the age of 75 on this very day in the year 430.