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Prayer and contemplation

  Structure of talk Introduction Augustine’s life (up to conversion) Augustine and our post-Christian contemporaries The Confessions: style, structure, content Augustine’s conversion (Confessions V-IX) Questions for discussion Conclusion Quotations You are great, Lord, and highly to be praised (Ps 47:2), great is your power and your wisdom is immeasurable (Ps

“The starting point of prayer is desire for eternal life, and this persists in all the other works we do in due order, because all of them should be ordered towards obtaining eternal life, and so the desire for eternal life persists virtually in all the good deeds we do,”