The Confessions of Saint Augustine

Book 2

Chapter I
He Deplores the Wickedness of His Youth.
Chapter II
Stricken With Exceeding Grief, He Remembers the Dissolute Passions in Which, in His Sixteenth Year, He Used to Indulge.
Chapter III
Concerning His Father, a Freeman of Thagaste, the Assister of His Son's Studies, and on the Admonitions of His Mother on the Preservation of Chastitiy.
Chapter IV
He Commits Theft With His Companions, Not Urged on by Poverty, but From a Certain Distaste of Well-Doing
Chapter V
Concerning the Motives to Sin, Which are not in the Love of Evil, but in the Desire of Obtaining the Property of Others.
Chapter VI
Whe He Delighted in that Theft, When all Things Which Under the Appearance of Good Invite to Vice are True and Perfect in God Alone.
Chapter VII
He Gives Thanks to God for the Remission of His Sins, and Reminds Everyone that the Supreme God mya have Preserved Us from Greater Sins.
Chapter VIII
In His Theft He Loved the Company of his Fellow-Sinners.
Chapter IX
It was a Pleasure to Him Also to Laugh When Seriously Deceiving Others.
Chapter X
With God There is True Rest and Life Unchanging.

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