On Virginity (De Virginitate)

Saint Ambrose (c. 340 - 397)
Translated by Albany J. Christie (1817 - 1891)

One favorite topic of his was the excellence of virginity, and so successful was he in persuading maidens to adopt the religious profession that many a mother refused to permit her daughters to listen to his words. The saint was forced to refute the charge that he was depopulating the empire, by quaintly appealing to the young men as to whether any of them experienced any difficulty in finding wives. He contends, and the experience of ages sustains his contention (De Virg., vii) that the population increases in direct proportion to the esteem in which virginity is held. ( Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913).
St. Ambrose. Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.)

Genre(s): Christianity - Other

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Objectors really worldly and tempters Geremia
Play 02 Of vows in general; they are scriptural and binding when made for holy purposes. Geremia
Play 03 Of the particular vow of Chastity Geremia
Play 04 Bodily Chastity without faith and inward purity unprofitable Geremia
Play 05 The fewness of those who possess this grace Geremia
Play 06 Holy Virginity neither blameworthy nor unscriptural Geremia
Play 07 Nor yet inexpedient; doubtfullness is no bar to it. Geremia
Play 08 When and where the Virgin must seek for Christ Geremia
Play 09 From whom the Virgin must seek Christ—what she must be that He may seek her Geremia
Play 10 The Virgin must put off the flesh that He may seek her. Geremia
Play 11 Then will He annoint her with incorruption Geremia
Play 12 The Virgin must watch and wait for Christ. Geremia
Play 13 The Virgin must watch her heart, her eye, her ear, her tongue. Geremia
Play 14 Angels will watch over the Virgin. Geremia
Play 15 Her Lord shall guide the affections of the Virgin's soul. Geremia
Play 16 Modesty and confidence needful for the Virgin. Geremia
Play 17 As the Virgin must shun arrogance, so must she still rise above the world in holiness. Geremia
Play 18 The four Virtues which make harmony in the Virgin's soul Geremia
Play 19 The Virgin must in the Communion of St. Peter and the Church, be ready to give up all for Christ. Geremia
Play 20 An earnest desire that God's Priests may gather many Virgins into the Church's fold Geremia