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Life And Writings Of Sulpitius Severus - Sulpitius Severus

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Life and Writings of Sulpitius Severus.

Preface to Desiderius.

Chapter I. Reasons for writing the Life of St. Martin.

Chapter II. Military Service of St. Martin.

Chapter III. Christ appears to St. Martin.

Chapter IV. Martin retires from Military Service.

Chapter V. Martin converts a Robber to the Faith.

Chapter VI. The Devil throws himself in the Way of Martin.

Chapter VII. Martin restores a Catechumen to Life.

Chapter VIII. Martin restores one that had been strangled.

Chapter IX. High Esteem in which Martin was held.

Chapter X. Martin as Bishop of Tours.

Chapter XI. Martin demolishes an Altar consecrated to a Robber.

Chapter XII. Martin causes the Bearers of a Dead Body to stop.

Chapter XIII. Martin escapes from a Falling Pine-tree.

Chapter XIV. Martin destroys Heathen Temples and Altars.

Chapter XV. Martin offers his Neck to an Assassin.

Chapter XVI. Cures effected by St. Martin.

Chapter XVII. Martin casts out Several Devils.

Chapter XVIII. Martin performs Various Miracles.

Chapter XIX. A Letter of Martin effects a Cure, with Other Miracles.

Chapter XX. How Martin acted towards the Emperor Maximus.

Chapter XXI. Martin has to do both with Angels and Devils.

Chapter XXII. Martin preaches Repentance even to the Devil.

Chapter XXIII. A Case of Diabolic Deception.

Chapter XXIV. Martin is tempted by the Wiles of the Devil.

Chapter XXV. Intercourse of Sulpitius with Martin.

Chapter XXVI. Words cannot describe the Excellences of Martin.

Chapter XXVII. Wonderful Piety of Martin.

Letter I. To Eusebius.

Letter II. To the Deacon Aurelius.

Letter III. To Bassula, His Mother-In-Law.

Dialogue I. Concerning the Virtues of the Monks of the East.

Chapter I. When I and a Gallic friend had assembled in one placeà

Chapter II. |Truly| said I, |you have clearly proved how much a sincere love can accomplishà

Chapter III. |Three years ago, Sulpitius, at which time, leaving this neighborhoodà

Chapter IV. I therefore bent my steps toward the hut which I had beheld from a distance.à

Chapter V. |Assuredly,| continues Postumianus, |I shall take care in future not to mention the abstinence ofà

Chapter VI. |After he had kindly accepted our gifts, on the sailors calling us back to theà

Chapter VII. For while many things in his books which were extracted from them by the bishopsà

Chapter VIII. Accordingly, setting out from that place, I made for the town of Bethlehemà

Chapter IX. |But as to familiarities which take place between virgins and monksà

Chapter X. |Not far from the desert, and close to the Nileà

Chapter XI. |When the monk whom I have mentioned heard of thisà

Chapter XII. |In this monastery I saw two old men who were said to have already livedà

Chapter XIII. |Well then, when I entered upon the nearest parts of the desertà

Chapter XIV. |We found another equally remarkable man living in a small hutà

Chapter XV. |But lest this should perchance seem incredible to any oneà

Chapter XVI. |There was also an illustrious name of another anchorite in those regionsà

Chapter XVII. |I visited two monasteries of St.à

Chapter XVIII. |I will relate two wonderful examples of almost incredible obedienceà

Chapter XIX. |In the same monastery, the fact which I am about to narrate was said toà

Chapter XX. |I will, however, still further give you an account of two extraordinary marvels.à

Chapter XXI. |But to me reflecting on these things, there occurs the thought of our own unhappinessà

Chapter XXII. |A certain young man from Asia, exceedingly wealthy, of distinguished familyà

Chapter XXIII. |What,| replied I, |is there not enough about my friend Martin in that book ofà

Chapter XXIV. |Indeed, Postumianus,| replied I, |while I was listening attentivelyà

Chapter XXV. |For, if it is worthy of admiration that the flames did not touch that Egyptianà

Chapter XXVI. |Why do you,| here exclaimed Postumianus, |speak to me in such a manner? As ifà

Chapter XXVII. |Well,| said the Gaul, |I, for my part, though I am unequal to so greatà

Dialogue II. Concerning the Virtues of St.à

Chapter I. |Well then, when first, having left the schools, I attached myself to the blessed manà

Chapter II. |Martin, then, clothed in this garment, proceeds to offer the sacrifice to God.à

Chapter III. |In the same way, some time afterwards, we made a journey with him while heà

Chapter IV. |I have often noticed this, Sulpitius, that Martin was accustomed to say to youà

Chapter V. |You have conquered, O Gaul,| said Postumianus, |you have conqueredà

Chapter VI. |And as we have, once for all, entered the palaceà

Chapter VII. To these sayings Postumianus replies: |While listening to youà

Chapter VIII. |Admirably,| exclaimed Postumianus, |does your speech bind those friends of ours from going beyond theà

Chapter IX. |About the same time, a cow which a demon harassed met Martin as he wasà

Chapter X. |Moreover, it will be worth while to relate also some of his familiar sayingsà

Chapter XI. |A certain soldier had renounced the military life in the Churchà

Chapter XII. |I believe, my dear Sulpitius, that you remember with what emphasis he extolled to usà

Chapter XIII. |But in what I am now about to narrateà

Chapter XIV. |But when we questioned him concerning the end of the worldà

Dialogue III. The Virtues of Martin Continued.à

Chapter I. |It is daylight, our Gallic friend, and you must get up.à

Chapter II. |You have assembled, my pious and eloquent friends, to hear meà

Chapter III. |The following is a small matter which I learned lately from the narration of Arpagiusà

Chapter IV. |You knew the too barbarous and, beyond measure, bloody ferocity of Avitianusà

Chapter V. |While these are certain facts, since Avitianus related them to many personsà

Chapter VI. |I am enraged in heart, believe me, and, through vexationà

Chapter VII. |There was a certain village in the country of the Senones which was every yearà

Chapter VIII. |But to return to Avitianus: while at every other placeà

Chapter IX. |I will make use of another not dissimilar marvel in a like kind of workà

Chapter X. |Being accustomed to eat fish at the time of Easterà

Chapter XI. |I will now come to an event which he always concealedà

Chapter XII. |In the meantime, those bishops with whom Martin would not hold communion went in terrorà

Chapter XIII. |When this became known to Martin, he rushed to the palaceà

Chapter XIV. |But clearly, as we experienced, he repaired, with manifold interestà

Chapter XV. |Again, on a certain day, after he had sat down on that wooden seat ofà

Chapter XVI. Upon this, Postumianus exclaims, |Let that well-known man in our immediate neighborhoodà

Chapter XVII. Then said I, since I perceived by the setting sun that evening was at handà

Chapter XVIII. |But when you have again set sail from that place with the view of makingà

Letter I. A Letter of the Holy Presbyter Severus to His Sister Claudia Concerning the Last Judgment.à

Chapter I. On reading your letters, my feelings were, in many waysà

Chapter II. But because you have desired from me in all my letters which I had sentà

Chapter III. O how happy shall be that departure of oursà

Chapter IV. Against these, from among the company of the saintsà

Chapter V. After him, there will stand up David worthy of his descendant the Lordà

Chapter VI. After these, and several others who have discharged for us the duties of instructionà

Chapter VII. Then will the Evangelist repeat this to the wretched beingsà

Letter II. A Letter of Sulpitius Severus to His Sister Claudia Concerning Virginity.à

Chapter I. How great blessedness, among heavenly gifts, belongs to holy virginityà

Chapter II. For it is a great and a divine thingà

Chapter III. But that the merit of virginity may shine forth more clearlyà

Chapter IV. Now, therefore, since we have set forth, although in few wordsà

Chapter V. Now, there are three kinds of virtue, by means of which the possession of theà

Chapter VI. But you perhaps say here, |Teach me, then, what righteousness isà

Chapter VII. But as we had begun to remark it is not sufficient for a Christian toà

Chapter VIII. Do you flatter yourself on account of the attribute of virginity? Remember Adam and Eveà

Chapter IX. There follows the clause |how she may please Godà

Chapter X. Wherefore, I beseech you, O virgin, do not flatter yourself on the ground of yourà

Chapter XI. I believe that I have now set forth, briefly indeedà

Chapter XII. O Virgin, maintain thy purpose which is destined for a great reward.à

Chapter XIII. But perhaps you say, |Why did not the Apostles enjoin these things on virgins?| Becauseà

Chapter XIV. God seeks for adornment of this kind, and desires a soul arrayed in such aà

Chapter XV. If you wish, then, to be with Christ, you must live according to the exampleà

Chapter XVI. Take heed that ye love not human glory in any respectà

Chapter XVII. Avoid words of contention and causes of animosity: flee also from all occasions of discordà

Chapter XVIII. Delight thyself rather in fastings than in feastings, mindful of that widow who did notà

Chapter XIX. When you repeat a psalm, consider whose words you are repeating and delight yourself moreà

Letter III. A Letter of Severus to Holy Paul the Bishop.à

Letter IV. To the Same, on His Wisdom and Gentleness.à

Letter V. To an Unknown Person, Entreating Him to Deal Gently with His Brother.à

Letter VI. To Salvius: a Complaint that the Country People Were Harassedà

Letter VII. To an Unknown Person, Begging the Favor of a Letter.à

Chapter I. I address myself to give a condensed account of those things which are set forthà

Chapter II. The world was created by God nearly six thousand years agoà

Chapter III. God being offended by these things, and especially by the wickedness of mankindà

Chapter IV. Then Noah first of all erected an altar to Godà

Chapter V. Abraham, whose father was Thara, was born in the one thousand and seventeenth year afterà

Chapter VI. At the same time God spoke to Abraham, and promised that his seed was toà

Chapter VII. Almost at the same time, when Abraham was now a hundred years oldà

Chapter VIII. Now, Rebecca, having long been barren, at length, through the unceasing prayers of her husbandà

Chapter IX. Laban had two daughters, Leah and Rachel; but Leah had tender eyesà

Chapter X. Israel, therefore, avoiding the house of his brother, sent forward his company to Salemà

Chapter XI. About this same time, Judah, the son of Jacobà

Chapter XII. In the mean time, affairs having been well settled in Egypt to meet the famineà

Chapter XIII. It is almost incredible to relate how the Hebrews who had come down into Egyptà

Chapter XIV. But the Hebrews, oppressed by the multiplied evils of slaveryà

Chapter XV. But on the day before the people went out of Egyptà

Chapter XVI. Then Moses, exulting in the safety of his own peopleà

Chapter XVII. The people going on from thence, and being again tried with want of waterà

Chapter XVIII. These things being said by God, while the trumpets uttered their voicesà

Chapter XIX. Moses reported these words of God to the peopleà

Chapter XX. Then follows the book of Leviticus, in which the precepts bearing upon sacrifice are setà

Chapter XXI. There followed the revolt of those, who, with Dathan and Abiron as leadersà

Chapter XXII. After the death of Moses, the chief power passed into the hands of Joshua theà

Chapter XXIII. When this became known to the kings of the neighboring nationsà

Chapter XXIV. After the death of Joshua, the people acted without a leader.à

Chapter XXV. Accordingly, when the Midianites, as we have related aboveà

Chapter XXVI. But on the death of Gideon, his son Abimelechà

Chapter XXVII. The Israelites yet again turned to idols; and, being deprived of the divine protectionà

Chapter XXVIII. At that time Samson ruled over the Hebrews, the Philistines having been subdued by theà

Chapter XXIX. About these times, civil war, as we have saidà

Chapter XXX. The Hebrews, then, as I have narrated above, were living according to their own willà

Chapter XXXI. The Philistines, victorious in this prosperous battle, brought the ark of Godà

Chapter XXXII. At this time, Samuel the priest ruled over the Hebrewsà

Chapter XXXIII. Accordingly, Saul, having been first anointed by Samuel with the sacerdotal oilà

Chapter XXXIV. God, displeased with what had been done, spoke to Samuelà

Chapter XXXV. The hatred of the king towards him increased dailyà

Chapter XXXVI. At that time Samuel died.à

Chapter XXXVII. Saul having thus been cut off, David, when the news of his death was broughtà

Chapter XXXVIII. At this time, he knew in a guilty way Bersabeà

Chapter XXXIX. Solomon in the beginning of his reign surrounded the city with a wall.à

Chapter XL. Trusting in these resources, Solomon set about erecting a temple of immense size to Godà

Chapter XLI. For, on the death of Solomon in the fortieth year of his reignà

Chapter XLII. In his room Abiud his son held the kingdom at Jerusalem for six yearsà

Chapter XLIII. In the time of his reign, Ahab, the son of Ambrià

Chapter XLIV. At that time, Ahab, king of Samaria, coveted the vineyard of Nabothà

Chapter XLV. He, being sick in body, and having sent some of his servants to consult anà

Chapter XLVI. But Jeu possessed the kingdom of Joram.à

Chapter XLVII. Ozias, then, the son of Amassia, succeeded to him.à

Chapter XLVIII. The remarkable faith of the Ninevites is related to have been manifested about these times.à

Chapter XLIX. But in Samaria, Zacharia the king, who was very wickedà

Chapter L. To him succeeded Ezekias his son, a man very unlike his father in character.à

Chapter LI. By this news Sennacherim was led to return in order to defend his own territoriesà

Chapter LII. The government then passed to his son Josia.à

Chapter LIII. Joachas, his son, having then obtained the kingdom, held it for three monthsà

Chapter LIV. Meanwhile Sedechias, the king of the useless multitude, although without powerà

Chapter I. The times of the captivity have been rendered illustrious by the predictions and deeds ofà

Chapter II. At that time, Nabuchodonosor had a dream marvelous for that insight into the future whichà

Chapter III. Accordingly, as the prophet interpreted the matter, the image which was seen furnished a representationà

Chapter IV. But in Judæa, over which, as we have related aboveà

Chapter V. At this period of time, Nabuchodonosor elated with prosperityà

Chapter VI. After Nabuchodonosor, the kingdom fell to his son, whom I find called Euilmarodac in theà

Chapter VII. Those, therefore, who were possessed of power along with himà

Chapter VIII. Him Cyrus, his grandson by his daughter, expelled from the kingdomà

Chapter IX. In the meantime, those Jews, who, as we have said aboveà

Chapter X. Next, Darius, under whom the temple was restored, obtained the kingdomà

Chapter XI. There was at that time at Babylon one Nehemiahà

Chapter XII. At this period of time we think Esther and Judith livedà

Chapter XIII. At this time, Mardochæus was among those nearest to the kingà

Chapter XIV. To this series of events it will be right that I should append an accountà

Chapter XV. The Jews, then, having returned, as we have narrated aboveà

Chapter XVI. When this became known to Judith a widow woman of great wealthà

Chapter XVII. Against him Alexander of Macedon engaged in war.à

Chapter XVIII. For, first of all, under king Seleucus, the son of Antiochus the greatà

Chapter XIX. But that the order of the dates may be correctly preservedà

Chapter XX. At that time, Matthathias, the son of John, was high-priest.à

Chapter XXI. In the meantime, Matthathias dies, having appointed in his own place his son Judahà

Chapter XXII. Judah, on the defeat of the enemy, returned to Jerusalemà

Chapter XXIII. At that time Judah besieged the Syrians who were posted in the citadel.à

Chapter XXIV. While these things are going on in Judæa, a certain young man educated at Rhodesà

Chapter XXV. Demetrius, having thus obtained the kingdom, treated Jonathan with kindnessà

Chapter XXVI. Well, then, after Jonathan, his brother Simon, as has been said aboveà

Chapter XXVII. Then Herod, a foreigner, the son of Antipater of Askelonà

Chapter XXVIII. Luke made known the doings of the apostles up to the time when Paul wasà

Chapter XXIX. In the meantime, the number of the Christians being now very largeà

Chapter XXX. So then, after the departure of Nero, Galba seized the governmentà

Chapter XXXI. Then, after an interval, Domitian, the son of Vespasianà

Chapter XXXII. After Adrian, the churches had peace under the rule of Antoninus Pius.à

Chapter XXXIII. Well, the end of the persecutions was reached eighty-eight years agoà

Chapter XXXIV. Through the kind efforts of the same queen, the cross of the Lord was thenà

Chapter XXXV. Such were the things accomplished by Helena, while, under a Christian princeà

Chapter XXXVI. Accordingly, they first attack and condemn in his absence Athanasiusà

Chapter XXXVII. When, after an interval of some time had elapsedà

Chapter XXXVIII. But then the Arians, seeing that stratagem did not succeedà

Chapter XXXIX. From this first proof that the prince had been won over to their sideà

Chapter XL. In the meantime, the Arians, not secretly, as beforeà

Chapter XLI. Accordingly, the emperor orders a Synod to assemble at Ariminumà

Chapter XLII. In the meantime in the East, after the example of the Westà

Chapter XLIII. In the meantime, the emperor compels those deputies of our party who had been sentà

Chapter XLIV. But these, the fewer they became, showed themselves all the more powerfulà

Chapter XLV. Thus, then, the Arians, with their affairs in a very flourishing conditionà

Chapter XLVI. There follow the times of our own day, both difficult and dangerous.à

Chapter XLVII. So, then, after many controversies among them, which are not worthy of mentionà

Chapter XLVIII. And then Instantius, Salvianus, and Priscillian set out for Romeà

Chapter XLIX. But the power, not the will, to resist, failed Ithaciusà

Chapter L. Thus, then, all whom the process embraced were brought before the king.à

Chapter LI. But Ithacius, seeing how much ill-will it would excite against him among the bishopsà

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