St. Augustine of Hippo

Augustine is likely the greatest theologian of church history. He was a famous pagan and promoter of paganism. But one day while children were playing he heard the voice of one of the children saying, “take up and read.” After hearing this he began reading the letter of Paul and became a Christian. In his Confession, the first autobiography ever written, he defines sin and grace in ways that continue to shape the church’s theology of salvation. His most remembered line is “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” 

Augustine, like many of our saints, was African. He was from the town of Hippo in modern day Tunisia. His family was Berber, so we are making the famous Berber dish—Tchakchouka. It is not as hard as it sounds. It includes grilled onions, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, and zucchini, which are all very abundant this time of year. It is made  into a stew, with eggs, and sometimes sausage, added for additional protein.

Scenes from the Life of Saint Augustine of Hippo by Master of Saint Augustine; Made in Bruges, Flanders, Southern Netherlands; Oil, gold, and silver on wood; Framed: 59 7/8 × 64 1/2 × 2 3/4 in., 98 lb. (152.1 × 163.8 × 7 cm, 44.5 kg) 54 1/4 × 59 in. (137.8 × 149.9 cm); Housed at The Met in New York City.Full description and audio guide available on The Met website.