Posts Tagged ‘biography’

The “Panegyric and Oration to Origen” continues, as St. Gregory tells us all about how Origen convinced his brother and him to come study with him. Then he tells about Origen’s methods of educating them in critical thinking and philosophy.

Part 4



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The Life of St. Augustine ends, with a copy of a final letter from St. Augustine urging bishops and clergy to stay with their people as long as they are needed; and then, Possidius and his companions say goodbye to their teacher and friend.

Part 8


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The Life of St. Augustine continues, as we hear about the invasion of Africa and Augustine’s last illness.

Part 7.


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The Life of St. Augustine continues, as we learn how Augustine organized his home-monastery, his mealtime manners, and a bunch of other stuff.

Part 6.


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The Life of St. Augustine continues. (Sorry that I forgot to post this last week.) This week we hear about his arguments with Pelagians, how Augustine did when serving as a judge, and his methods of interceding for prisoners with the Imperial authorities.

Part 5.


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The Life of St. Augustine continues, as Augustine confronts Donatists, Manichaeans, and Arians in public debate, and is led by the Holy Spirit to mess up a sermon.

Part 4


There’s a lot that’s not pretty in these two parts. Clearly, there seems to have been some outrageous and dangerous stuff going on; but equally clearly, there’s something creepy about state prosecution of religious dissent. As Augustine found out, the hand of the state can also chill free discussion and thus stand in the way of changing people’s minds with argument. So there’s a lot to think about here.

On the other hand, the story of Augustine’s digression is very comforting. In the end, you really don’t have any idea how other people are going to take things; and the effect you have on people is not really under your control. However, God is quite capable of putting all kinds of stuff to use; and if you offer yourself to serve Him, He may very well put you to use in some very odd ways.

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The Life of St. Augustine continues, as Augustine contends with the Donatists and their militant griefer bandit wing, the Circumcellions.

Btw, the “certain bishop of Calama” is supposed to be Possidius, our writer.

Part 3.


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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).


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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).


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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The Story of a Soul continues. St. Therese talks about love, and what she has learned about training novices and doing spiritual direction.

Chapter 10A: The New Commandment.


UPDATE: Links fixed.

In a feat of epic forgetfulness, I recorded multiple chapters of this puppy and forgot to post them after my Internet connection came back. Now I suddenly realize this, since it’s St. Therese Day!

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