The First Catechetical Instruction (De Catechizandis Rudibus) [J. P., translator) St. Augustine (Christopher] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying. THE DATE OF THE DE CATECHIZANDIS RUDIBUS. BY. L. J. VAN DER LOF. In their edition of St Augustine’s De catechizandis rudibu. J. Farges and G. Augustine, of Hippo, Saint, De catechizandis rudibus. English. URI(s). Instance Of. MADS/RDF.
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He should also, however, be informed beforehand that he will find in the church many good Christiansmost genuine citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem, if he sets about being such himself. For their thought is to find rest in things which are unquiet, and which endure not. At the same time, we are not to set forth these causes in such a manner as to leave the proper course of our narration, and let our heart and our tongue indulge in digressions into the knotty questions of more intricate discussion.
And from this, too, it follows that they ought to have the desire to listen to discourses remarkable for their truthrather than to those which are notable for their eloquence; just as they ought to be anxious to have friends distinguished for their wisdom, rather than those whose chief merit is their beauty. For if, in the matter of carnal means, God loves a cheerful giver, how much more so in that of the spiritual? And I occupy myself sedulously with the endeavor not to fail in putting before them a service in which I perceive them to take in such good part what is put before them.
But if it happens that his answer is to the effect that he has met with some divine warning, or with some divine terror, prompting him to become a Christianthis opens up the way most satisfactorily for a commencement to our discourse, by suggesting the greatness of God’s interest in us. For holy Scripture speaks in this wise: But ofttimes the earnestness of those who are desirous of hearing me shows me that my utterance is not so frigid as it seems to myself to be.
Consequently, as regards those matters which are recommended as articles of belief, the task is not a difficult one to lay down injunctions, with respect to the points at which the narration should be commenced and ended, or with respect to the method in which the narration is to be varied, so that at one time it may be briefer, at another more lengthened, and yet at all times full and perfect; and, again, with respect to the particular occasions on which it may be right to use the shorter form, and those on which it will be proper to employ the longer.
For the most part, however, when we recall what we have said, we ourselves discover something to find fault with, and are ignorant of the manner in which it was received when it was uttered; and so when charity is fervent within us, we are the more vexed if the thing, while really false, has been received with unquestioning acceptance.
For even in this life men go in quest of rest and security at the cost of heavy catechizanvis, but rudibua fail to find such in consequence of their wicked lusts.
And these signs may be objects of thought, or they may also be actually uttered by the voice. In his De Catechizandis Catechlzandisa “letter” almost a book written in reply to Deogratias on the teaching of the Faith to the common people, the method of catechetical delivery by Augustine is quite evident.
This should not be done, however, with the open intention of confuting his falsehoodas if that were a settled matter with you; but, taking it for granted that he has professed to have come with a purpose which is really worthy of approbation whether that profession be true or falseit should rather be our aim to commend and praise such a purpose as that with which, in his reply, he has declared himself to have come; so that we may make him feel it a pleasure to be the kind of man actually that he wishes to seem to be.
Wherefore we have to surmise how far the sound of our mouth must be from representing that stroke of the intelligence, seeing that it does not correspond even with the impression produced upon the memory. For in this life who sees except as in an enigma and through a glass?
Finding libraries that hold this item But although, as I have said, the Lord Christ did thus send before Him a certain portion of His body, in the person of those holy men who came before Him as regards the time of birth, nevertheless He is Himself the Head of the body, the Churchand all these have been attached to that same body of which He is the head, in virtue of their believing in Him whom they announced prophetically.
At this point the narration ought now to be commenced, which should start with the fact that God made all things very good, and which should be continued, as we have said, on to the present times of the Church.
For there are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless, the counsel of the Lord stands forever. When these and such like considerations and reflections have succeeded in dispelling the darkness of weary feelings, the bent of mind is rendered apt for the duty of catechising, so that that is received in a pleasant manner which breaks forth vigorously and cheerfully from the rich vein of charity.
At this point you perhaps desiderate some example of the kind of discourse intended, so that I may show you by an actual instance how the things which I have recommended are to be done.
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And if we walk through streets which are most familiar to us, with a beneficent cheerfulness, when we happen to be pointing out the way to some individual who had been in distress in consequence of missing his direction, how much more should be the alacrity of spirit, rudobus how much greater the joy with which, in the matter of saving doctrine, we ought to traverse again and again even those tracks which, so far catcehizandis we are ourselves concerned, there is no need to open up any more; seeing that we are leading a miserable souland one worn out with the devious courses of this world, through the paths of peace, at the command of Him who made that peace good to us!
Therefore, in accordance with my understanding of what your own wish is, we shall discuss in the first place the subject of the method of narration, then that of the duty of delivering injunction and exhortation, and afterwards that of the attainment of the said cheerfulness, so far cwtechizandis God may furnish us with the ideas. Moreover they were written for our sakes, upon whom the end of the ages has come.
And we should endeavor so to proceed, that, rudibhs this man of culture to have been previously acquainted with any one of our themes, he may not hear it now as from a teacher; and that, in the event of his being still ignorant of any catechizadnis them, he may yet learn the same while we are going over the things with which we understand him to be already familiar.
For even in times of old, and in the opening ages, the depth of this mystery ceases not to be prefigured and prophetically announced. When such personstherefore, who appear to be superior to the rest of mankindso far as the art of speaking is concerned, approach you with the view of becoming Christiansit will be your duty in your communications with them, in a higher degree than in your catechizandia with those other illiterate hearers, to make it plain that they are to be diligently admonished to clothe themselves with Christian humility, and learn not to despise individuals whom they may discover keeping themselves free from vices of conduct more carefully than from faults of language; and also that they ought not to presume so much as to compare with a pure heart the practised tongue which they were accustomed even to put in preference.
Advanced Search Find a Library. I mean the case of one coming to you to receive catchetical instruction who has cultivated the field of liberal studies, who has already made up his mind to be a Christianand who has betaken himself to you for the express purpose of becoming one. And catechkzandis, this is with the intent that, inasmuch as charity is the end of the commandment, and the fulfilling of the law, we also may love one another and lay down our life for the brethren, even as He laid down His life for us.
Augustine ; translated and annotated by Joseph P. But when from the mouth of the Lord this catechuzandis threatening sentence is heard, You wicked and slothful servant, you ought to give my money to the exchangers, what madnessI pray you, is it thus, seeing that our sin pains us, to be minded to sin again, by refusing to give the Lord’s money to one who desires it and cstechizandis it!
If this is the case with us, then we should endeavor to meet them with a brother’s, a father’s, and a mother’s love ; and, if we are once united with them thus in heart, to us no less than to them will these things seem new.
But as we are dealing at present with the matter of the instruction of the unlearned, I am a witness to you, as regards my own experience, that I rudius myself variously moved, according as I see before me, for the purposes of catechetical instruction, a highly educated man, a dull fellow, a citizen, a catechizandsi, a rich man, a poor man, a private individual, a man of honorsa person occupying some position of authority, an individual of this or the other nation, of this or the other age or sex, one proceeding from this or the other sectfrom this or the other common error — and ever in accordance with the difference of my feelings does my discourse itself at once set out, go on, and reach its end.
Newman Press ; London: But that should be the case only when there are many hearers, and when they are not to be formally admitted at the time. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Whatever we thus say may be all the better if it affects himself more immediately, so that the quick sense of self-concern may keep his attention on the alert. It did not mean “uneducated” because Augustine also used this term to include some highly educated persons who sought to become Christian.
But unmistakeably it is often the case that the mercy of God comes to be present through the ministry of the catechiser, so that, affected by the discourse, the man now wishes to become in reality that which he had made up his mind only to feign. Nevertheless, however that may catecizandis, let us here suppose that some one has come to us who desires to be made a Christianand who belongs indeed to the order of private personsand yet not to the class of rustics, but to that of the city-bred, such as ctechizandis whom you cannot fail to come across in numbers in Carthage.