By Bishop of Hippo Augustine Saint, W. Watts
Augustinus (354–430 CE), son of a pagan, Patricius of Tagaste in North Africa, and his Christian spouse Monica, whereas learning in Africa to turn into a rhetorician, plunged right into a turmoil of philosophical and mental doubts looking for fact, becoming a member of for a time the Manichaean society. He turned a instructor of grammar at Tagaste, and lived a lot less than the impression of his mom and his pal Alypius. approximately 383 he went to Rome and shortly after to Milan as a instructor of rhetoric, being now attracted by means of the philosophy of the Sceptics and of the Neo-Platonists. His experiences of Paul's letters with Alypius and the preaching of Bishop Ambrose led in 386 to his rejection of all sensual behavior and to his well-known conversion from combined ideals to Christianity. He again to Tagaste and there based a spiritual neighborhood. In 395 or 396 he grew to become Bishop of Hippo, and was once henceforth engrossed with tasks, writing and controversy. He died at Hippo in the course of the profitable siege via the Vandals. From Augustine's huge output the Loeb Classical Library bargains that fab autobiography the Confessions (in volumes); at the urban of God (seven volumes), which unfolds God's motion within the growth of the world's historical past, and propounds the prevalence of Christian ideals over pagan in adversity; and a range of Letters that are vital for the research of ecclesiastical heritage and Augustine's kin with different theologians.
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My learning, did not understand to what I would apply it, unless to satiate the insatiable desires of But a rich beggary, and a dishonourable glory. thou before whom the very hairs of our heads Matt. x. are numbered, didst convert the common error of them all who pressed me to learning, to mine own benefit and my error, who would not learn, tlidst thou make use of for my j)unishment of which I being then so little a boy, and so great a sinner, was not unworthy. Thus by their means who did not Avell by me, didst thou well for me and upon me who was a sinner, thou inflictedst a deserved punishment.
Jor. ii. 29 and I will not deceive myself, lest my iniquity be a I will not therefore plead false witness to itself. : : : : ; ; ; : 11 S. cAl". AVGVSTINI CONFESSIONVM LIBER iuiquitas quia, si non ergo iiie;i sibi. iudicio I contendo tecum, iniquitates observaveris, domine, domine, quis sustinebit ? VI CAP. Sed tamen me tuam, sine me apud oqui niam ecce misericordia tua meus, cui loquor. est, dicere, domine, nisi quia nescio, ego memini. unde venerim hue, an mortem vitalem consolationes me formasti in tempore exceperunt ergo me ; ?
Amplectar, quid ego sum. curram post vocem salus tua hanc et adprehendam faciem tuam dabit die mihi per miserationes ! meae eam meum et, nisi tuas, salus tua quis ? miserere, ut loquar. mihi et mineris ingentes miserias si te et inebries illud, ut ob- mala mea et nnum bonum quid mihi es ipse^ ut meum tibi iudicio ego nolo quod prolocutus : alienis et loquor. sum adversum dimisisti inpietateni contendo tecum, qui Veritas fallere me ipsum, ne mentiatur AUGUSTINE'S CONFESSIONS BOOK ST. I V He prmjs for forgiveness of sins, and Ihc Love of God Who shall procure thee ?