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Desires. " 132 Rather. a woman's devotion to others must flow out of her core identity. which is found in her relationship to God-a relationship that makes possible a love that is fundamentally joyful and life-giving. By considering how humility functioned for monastic Christian men and women. Bondi uncovers how humility can free one from worldly attachments and the despair generated by finding these attachments ultimately unsatisfying in reference to one's deepest desires. Humility can also free us from becoming mired in our own guilt and despairing before our inadequacies and sinfulness.

As one whose writings were sparked in large part by polemics. pastoral concerns, and inquiries from church leaders as well as ordinary believers and unbelievers, Augustine does not give his readers a carefully delineated account of humility. While it pervades his work. there is no one place where he treats the topic with scholastic precision. By extrapolating from his texts. however, one can discover that the theme of humility is inextricably tied to his christological and soteriological doctrines.

As one whose writings were sparked in large part by polemics. pastoral concerns, and inquiries from church leaders as well as ordinary believers and unbelievers, Augustine does not give his readers a carefully delineated account of humility. While it pervades his work. there is no one place where he treats the topic with scholastic precision. By extrapolating from his texts. however, one can discover that the theme of humility is inextricably tied to his christological and soteriological doctrines.

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