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On Virginity (De Virginitate)

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On Virginity (De Virginitate) by Saint Ambrose is a profound and thought-provoking treatise on the virtues of celibacy and purity. Written in the 4th century, this work offers a comprehensive examination of the significance of virginity in the Christian tradition.

Saint Ambrose eloquently argues that the pursuit of virginity is a noble and virtuous endeavor, as it allows individuals to devote themselves entirely to God. He praises those who choose to remain celibate, viewing their commitment as a way to embody the sanctity and purity of Christ.

The author delves into various biblical passages and stories to support his arguments, demonstrating a deep understanding of scripture and theology. He also addresses common objections and misconceptions surrounding virginity, offering compelling rebuttals and insights.

Overall, On Virginity is a compelling and insightful exploration of the spiritual significance of celibacy and chastity. Saint Ambrose's eloquent prose and profound reflections make this work a valuable resource for those seeking to deepen their understanding of Christian virtues.

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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 that the population increases in direct proportion to the esteem in which virginity is held. . St. Ambrose. Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.)

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