No, for surely that man is unhappy who knows these things and does not know you. And that person is happy who knows you, even though he does not know these things.
This was especially clear after I had heard one or two parts of the Old Testament explained allegorically—whereas before this, when I had interpreted them literally, they had killed me spiritually.
I resolved, therefore, to become a catechumen in the Catholic Church—which my parents had so much urged upon me—until something certain shone forth by which I might guide my course.
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