Let them by all means flee from city to city when some one of them in particular is sought by the persecutors, provided that the Church shall The life and ministry of augustine be abandoned by the others who are not so persecuted, but that these may administer the food to their fellow-servants, who they know would otherwise be unable to live.
He wrote profusely, expositing and defending the faith, and to this day many of his two hundred treatises, some three hundred sermons are of major import in theology and philosophy.
Thus he wrote two volumes whose title is On the Revision of Books. The Donatists in particular, who lived in Hippo and the neighboring towns, brought his addresses and writings to their bishops. Thus he warned every guest to refrain from unnecessary and harmful tales.
The heretic utterly refused to have tablets and a pen at hand, as our teacher, both before and in the meeting, urgently insisted should be done. The same learned critic thus wisely concludes his study: Then it became necessary, when the defender of the Church withdrew, that he should be opposed by a Catholic bishop and be convicted of being what he denied he was; for if he had succeeded in his dissimulation, the ignorant perhaps would have believed that the heretic was a Catholic bishop, since he denied being what he was, and so a stumbling-block might have been placed in the way of the weak because of this neglect.
In their distrust they were never willing even to answer him in writing, but in anger spoke furiously, privately and publicly declaring that Augustine was a seducer and deceiver of souls.
This was especially advanced after the conference which was held a little later at Carthage by all the Catholic bishops with these same bishops of the Donatists at the command of the most glorious and devout Emperor Honorius, who, in order to bring this The life and ministry of augustine, had sent the tribune and notary Marcellinus from his own court to Africa as judge.
To settle the argument, however, it is only necessary to read the "Dialogues" themselves. With all the members of his body intact, And this good was begun and 71 completed, as I said, by that holy man, while our fellow-bishops consented and were equally pleased. He used to say that although no evil suspicion could arise from the fact that his sister and nieces were living with him, yet since they could not be without servants and other women who would stay with them, and still others would come in from without to visit them, because of these a stumbling-block or an occasion to fall might be placed in the way of the weak.
He also told us that he had heard of the very wise and godly reply of an illustrious man of blessed memory at the end of his life, and he warmly praised and extolled it. So indeed the holy bishops fled from Spain after the people had either fallen in flight, or had been slain or consumed in the siege or scattered in captivity.
He now gave up these possessions and began to live with those who had also consecrated themselves to God, in fastings and prayers and good works, meditating day and night in the Law of the Lord.
You do not insist, like most men in your position, on extorting all that the suppliant asks. The new bishop understood well how to combine the exercise of his pastoral duties with the austerities of the religious lifeand although he left his conventhis episcopal residence became a monastery where he lived a community life with his clergywho bound themselves to observe religious poverty.
He received a Christian upbringing and in went to the University at Carthage to study rhetoric with a view to becoming a lawyer. Augustine acknowledges that he had not yet understood how the first good inclination of the will is a gift of God Retractions, I, xxiii, n, 3 ; but it should be remembered that he never retracted his leading theories on libertynever modified his opinion upon what constitutes its essential conditionthat is to say, the full power of choosing or of deciding.
This is a question often asked, but we feel that Augustine gave but little thought to such distinctions. Therefore the teaching of the salutary faith, hope and love of the Church became known through many and to many, not only throughout all parts of Africa, but even in the churches across the sea, through the books which were edited and translated into the Greek tongue.
A few days later Augustine, being ill, took advantage of the autumn holidays and, resigning his professorship, went with MonicaAdeodatusand his friends to Cassisiacum, the country estate of Verecundusthere to devote himself to the pursuit of true philosophy which, for him, was now inseparable from Christianity.
For, as declared by the angel, though "It is good to hide the secret of a king: In any event, it is easy to discover in it an undercurrent of anti-social revenge which the emperors had to combat by strict laws.
Here he saw some succumb to torture and others slain by the sword, while still others in captivity, losing their innocency and faith both in soul and body, received from their foes the harsh and evil treatment of slaves. But this advice, as you write, is not satisfactory to you, because you fear we may be striving to act against that command and example of the Lord in which He teaches that we should flee from city to city.
He began to fear, however, for such is human nature, that Augustine would be sought for the episcopal office and be taken from him by some other church which lacked a bishop. For while I was investigating the margins of the question proposed, by a digression of speech I passed over to something else and so, without finishing or explaining the question, I ended my discourse by attacking the error of the Manichaeans, about which I had intended to say nothing in my discussion, rather than by speaking about those things which I had intended to explain.Ministry is faith in action, gifts realized and shared, and life renewed in service of the God we love and praise.
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