His mother having followed him to Milan, declares that
she will not die before her son shall have embraced the
She, on the prohibition of Ambrose, abstains from honouring
the memory of the Martyrs.
As Ambrose was occupied with business and study, Augustin
could seldom consult him concerning the Holy Scriptures.
He recognises the falsity of his own opinions, and commits
to memory the saying of Ambrose.
Faith is the basis of human life; man cannot discover
that truth which holy scripture has disclosed.
On the source and cause of true joy,—the example
of the joyous beggar being adduced.
He leads to reformation his friend Alypius, seized with
madness for the Circensian games.
The same when at Rome, being led by others into the Amphitheatre,
is delighted with the Gladitorial games.
Innocent Alypius, being apprehended as a thief, is st
at liberty by the cleverness of an architecht.
The wonderful integrity of Alypius in judgment. the lasting
friendship of Nebridius with Augustin.
Being troubled by his grievous errors, he meditates entering
on a new life.
Discussion with Alypius concerning a life of celibacy.
Being urged by his mother to take a wife, he sought a
maiden that was pleasing unto him.
The design of establishing a common household with his
friends is speedily hindered.
He dismisses one mistress, and chooses another.
The fear of death and judgment called him, believing in
the immortality of the soul, back from his wickedness,
him who aforetime believed in the opinions of Epicurus.