Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Article 251: Apparitions of the Dead
Apparitions of the Dead
In the same house where the young lector had died, an old man saw someone with a laurel branch in hand on which was writing.1 Whether this vision occurred before or after the young man’s death is unclear. Three days after his death, his father was in Evodius’ monastery where he had retired to console himself with the elderly bishop Theasius. The son appeared in a dream to one of the monks. The son asked him if he knew of his death. To which the monk responded “yes.” The monk recognized him joyfully and asked the son why he had returned. He responded God had sent him to mourn his father. The monk awakened and recounted the dream. Theasius was struck by the event and shamed the monk over his recount of his vision. He feared this vision would represent a difficulty for a certain priest if he were to come to hear the bishop speak. Apparently the monk did not actually know the father. Four days after this apparition the priest had a light fever. A physician assured him he had nothing to fear and did not consign him to bed. At the very time he was speaking the priest gave up his spirit.
Evodius recounts other stories concerning apparitions of the dead.
We have seen several persons after their death come into their homes as they had done previously, by day or night. More...