When many Christians recall the story of St. Augustine’s conversion, they mostly think about his struggles with lust. Well before his conversion from Manichean heresy for so many years, Augustine led a promiscuous lifestyle and kept a long-term concubine, with whom he had a child.
This brought no end of grief to his mother, St. Monica, who kept praying and hoping her son would turn away from such a life. Augustine himself admits lust was his biggest hurdle to becoming Christian — which, thanks to the preaching of St. Ambrose, he had already agreed with on an intellectual level.
Augustine also discusses other barriers to his conversation, however, which are less known but all the more prominent in the information age — namely, the “concupiscence of the eyes” and pride of life. While pride of life is a familiar temptation for people trained to aspire for status and followers, the “concupiscence of the eyes,” also called “lust of the