The writings of Saint Augustine indicate that he clearly believed that God by miracles healed people of illness in order to support the authority of those who ministered in the name of Christ.
The most detailed examples of this are written in the last book of his huge work, City of God.
It contains a very lengthy description of miracles which he had either witnessed himself, or about which he had heard from those whom he considered to be reliable witnesses.
In Book 22, Chapter 8 of City of God,
the reader learns about a blind man cured in Milan while Augustine and Alypius were there as laymen.
were there as laymen.
Augustine devotes many lines to another man named Innocentius, whom he knew a little later in Carthage.
The cure of this man, who had been an advocate of the deputy prefecture, happened under Augustine's very own eyes: "... tried aid him good. Still they persisted in promising that they would cure that fistula by drugs, without the knife. They called in doctors...."
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Augustine: City of God: Book 22:8-10. On Miracles
· Chapter 8.- Of Miracles Which Were Wrought that the World Might Believe in Christ, and Which Have Not Ceased Since the World Believed.
· Chapter 9.-That All the Miracles Which are Done by Means of the Martyrs in the Name of Christ Testify to that Faith Which the Martyrs Had in Christ.
· Chapter 10.-That the Martyrs Who Obtain Many Miracles in Order that the True God May Be Worshipped, are Worthy of Much Greater Praise Than the Demons, Who Do Some Marvels that They Themselves May Be Supposed to Be God.
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