He praises God, the author of safety, and Jesus Christ,
the redeemer, acknowledging his own wickedness.
As his lungs were affected, he meditates withdrawing himself
from public favour.
He retires to the villa of his friend Verecundus, who
was not yet a Christian, and refers to his conversion
and death, as well as that of Nebridius.
In the country he gives his attention to literature, and
explains the Fourth Psalm in connection with the happy
conversion of Alypius. He is troubled with toothache.
at the recommendation of Ambrose, he reads the prophecies
of Isaiah, but does not understand them.
He is baptized at Milan with Alypius and his son Adeodatus.
the book "De Magistro."
Of the Church hymns instituted at Milan; of the Ambrosian
Persecution raised by Justina; and of the discovery of
the bodies of two martyrs.
Of the conversion of Evodius, and the death of his mother
whin returning with him to Africa; and whose education
he tenderly relates.
He describes the praiseworthy habits of his mother; her
kindness towards her husband and her sons.
A conversation he had with his mother concerning the kindom
His mother, attacked by fever, dies at Ostia.
How he mourned his dead mother.
He entreats God for her sins, and admonishes his readers
to remember her piously.