Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)
Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren
Article 351: Vandal Invasion
The Vandal war occurred in Africa during the last part of Augustine’s life. Count Darius had apparently arrested the Vandal impetuosity the preceding year by an armistice between the Vandals and Count Boniface. He had asked Augustine’s prayers for this armistice to become a firm and lasting peace.1 Augustine was so interested in the tranquility of the state from which the repose of the Church followed as to employ the forces of his piety.2 God whose judgments are inscrutable wished to sanctify Augustine and a great number of others amid the misery of this world whose afflictions are less dangerous than its caresses.
The situation became chaotic again from an unknown cause. Boniface was entirely reconciled with the Romans and made requests and promises to the Vandals.3 He repented too late to oblige or persuade them to leave Africa. The Vandals complained of his insults. As a result, he took up arms against them in an attempt to hunt them down by force. However, he came into their hands at the end of 429 (perhaps), was defeated, and was constrained to retreat to Hippo which was then a fortified city. God put him into Augustine’s hands. Augustine who was soon to depart this world wished to reconcile himself with Boniface as Boniface had reconciled himself with the empire. At the very least, Augustine made every effort at such reconciliation and had brought about a favorable occasion to do so. Possidius...
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