I’m not going to be able to continue sending daily snippets from the sermons and writings of St. Augustine, although if I come upon a particularly bright gem, I may send it on. For those of you interested in delving deeper into the great bishop’s work, here are some websites you may find helpful.
Here is a website where you can find a quotation and a prayer from St. Augustine for every day of the year. http://www.artsci.villanova.edu/dsteelman/augustine/ These are also available as a book, by John E. Rotelle, Augustine day-by-day (Catholic Book Publishing Co.)..
There is another recent book that does the same thing: Donald X. Burt, Day by Day with St. Augustine (Liturgical Press).
And there is an Italian site with the same purpose, based, it seems, on a work first published in 1932: http://www.augustinus.it/varie/annus/anno_mistico_03.htm#D_03_23
The site that hosts the last of these–http://www.augustinus.it/–is available in several languages and provides his complete works in both Latin and Italian, with a fine search-engine and links..
James O’Donnell has put on line his critical text and close verbal analysis of Augustine’s Confessions: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/augustine.html Excellent links here, too.
Finally, as I’ve mentioned before, the project of publishing, for the first time ever, the complete works of Augustine in English translation is well underway.
The first volume of his Sermons contains an excellent introduction, well worth reading.
The best biography of Augustine remains that of Peter Brown, now available in a second edition that contains an appendix about sermons and letters discovered since it first appeared. Still very much worth reading is a classic work by F. van der Meer, Augustine the Bishop, which might have been subtitled “Everyday Life in Hippo,” it is so full of illuminating detail. (The story I heard was that during the Second World War, van der Meer was stuck in a convent somewhere that had a complete set of Augustine, and that he spent the war reading Augustine and writing this book.)