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Archive for October 21st, 2008

The Life of St. Augustine continues, as Augustine goes back to Africa to begin a life of prayer. But the Church has need of him for other duties, and calls him. By capturing him and dragging him off willy-nilly to be made a priest. (Back then, they believed in active lay involvement in the discernment process. Very active.)

Part 2 (Chs. 3-8).

15:31.

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So what did Augustine of Hippo do with his life, after his conversion and his mother’s death (as chronicled in the Confessions)? St. Possidius, one of St. Augustine’s companions in the African monastic community he founded, wrote the Life of St. Augustine to fill you in.

The first part consists of a preface, which is interesting, and an extremely brief recap of the years covered by the Confessions. The new biographical material starts in Part 2.

Part 1 (Chs. 1-2).

7:38.

This is all thanks to Roger Pearse, who discovered and drew folks’ attention to the fact that this public domain English translation not only existed but had been scanned into archive.org, and who then digitized it into a more useful format. Yet another in a long line of services he’s rendered to all mankind — and no, I’m not kidding. He really is a great defender of civilization and finder of cultural treasure.

UPDATE: Link fixed! (Sigh.) Maybe I need to hire John Meyers….

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