Augustine on So Where’s My Mom’s Ghost Then, Huh?

If the souls of the dead took an interest in the affairs of the living, and their actual selves spoke to us when we see them in our dreams, then—I won’t say anything about other people—my pious mother would not fail to visit me on any night, she who followed me across land and sea to live with me.

si rebus uiuentium interessent animae mortuorum et ipsae nos, quando eas uidemus, adloquerentur in somnis, ut de aliis taceam, me ipsum pia mater nulla nocte desereret, quae terra marique secuta est, ut mecum uiueret.

—Augustine, De cura pro mortuis 13.16

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