Contents – Book VI

Contents – Book VI Book VI Chapter I His mother having followed him to Milan, declares that she will not die before her son shall...

Chapter I – His mother Having Followed Him To Milan, Declares That She Will Not Die Before Her Son Shall Have Embraced The Catholic Faith.

BOOK SIX Turmoil in the twenties. Monica follows Augustine to Milan and finds him a catechumen in the Catholic Church. Both admire Ambrose but Augustine...

Chapter II – She, On The Prohibition Of Ambrose, Abstains From Honouring The Memory Of The Martyrs.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER II 2. So also my mother brought to certain oratories, erected in the memory of the saints, offerings of porridge, bread, and...

Chapter III – As Ambrose Was Occupied With Business And Study, Augustin Could Seldom Consult Him Concerning The Holy Scriptures.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER III 3. Nor had I come yet to groan in my prayers that thou wouldst help me. My mind was wholly intent...

Chapter IV – He Recognises The Falsity Of His Own Opinions, And Commits To Memory The Saying Of Ambrose.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER IV 5. Since I could not then understand how this image of thine could subsist, I should have knocked on the door...

Chapter V – Faith Is The Basis Of Human Life; Man Cannot Discover That Truth Which Holy Scripture Has Disclosed.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER V 7. Still, from this time forward, I began to prefer the Catholic doctrine. I felt that it was with moderation and...

Chapter VI – On The Source And Cause Of True Joy, – The Example Of The Joyous Beggar Being Adduced.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER VI 9. I was still eagerly aspiring to honors, money, and matrimony; and thou didst mock me. In pursuit of these ambitions...

Chapter VII – He Leads To Reformation His Friend Alypius, Seized With Madness For The Circensian Games.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER VII 11. Those of us who were living like friends together used to bemoan our lot in our common talk; but I...

Chapter VIII – The Same When At Rome, Being Led By Others Into The Amphitheatre, Is Delighted With The Gladitorial Games.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER VIII 13. He had gone on to Rome before me to study law–which was the worldly way which his parents were forever...

Chapter IX – Innocent Alypius, Being Apprehended As A Thief, Is St At Liberty By The Cleverness Of An Architecht.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER IX 14. But this was all being stored up in his memory as medicine for the future. So also was that other...

Chapter X – The Wonderful Integrity Of Alypius In Judgment. The Lasting Friendship Of Nebridius With Augustin.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER X 16. I found him at Rome, and he was bound to me with the strongest possible ties, and he went with...

Chapter XI – Being Troubled By His Grievous Errors, He Meditates Entering On A New Life.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER XI 18. And I especially puzzled and wondered when I remembered how long a time had passed since my nineteenth year, in...

Chapter XII – Discussion With Alypius Concerning A Life Of Celibacy.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER XII 21. Actually, it was Alypius who prevented me from marrying, urging that if I did so it would not be possible...

Chapter XIII – Being Urged By His Mother To Take A Wife, He Sought A Maiden That Was Pleasing Unto Him.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER XIII 23. Active efforts were made to get me a wife. I wooed; I was engaged; and my mother took the greatest...

Chapter XIV – The Design Of Establishing A Common Household With His Friends Is Speedily Hindered.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER XIV 24. Many in my band of friends, consulting about and abhorring the turbulent vexations of human life, had often considered and...

Chapter XV – He Dismisses One Mistress, And Chooses Another.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER XV 25. Meanwhile my sins were being multiplied. My mistress was torn from my side as an impediment to my marriage, and...

Chapter XVI – 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.

BOOK SIX CHAPTER XVI 26. Thine be the praise; unto thee be the glory, O Fountain of mercies. I became more wretched and thou didst...