Introduction to the Devout Life

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Longmans, 1891 - Meditations - 264 pages
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This book is to be lived, not merely read. This book is to be chewed and ingested and digested through repeated readings and continuing practice.
Its Practice is the work of a lifetime. Which of us
is not in need of constant and continual conversion of heart to leave our sins and imperfections behind us as we grow in virtue and the perfection of love. This is not acquired once and for all. Again I say it is the work of a life time of daily examine and practice of the prayer and principles laid out with such great wisdom by St. Francis de Sales.
It is my prayer that all may come to read (devour) this great work and daily practice its wise council.
May God Bless each of us with True Devotion through this "Introduction to the Devout Life".
Virginia Petersen, St. Louis, Mo
 

Contents

Ninth MeditationOn the Election and Choice of Heaven
31
Tenth MeditationBy way of Election and choice which the Soul makes of a Devout Life
33
How to make a General Confession
35
A formal Protestation for fixing in the Soul a firm Resolution to serve God
36
Conclusion of this first Purgation
38
That we must purify ourselves from the Affection to Venial Sins
39
That we ought to purify ourselves from Affections to things useless and dangerous
41
That we must purge ourselves from Evil Inclinations
43
PART THE SECOND CONTAINING INSTRUCTIONS FOR ELEVATING THE SOUL TO GOD BY PRAYER AND THE SACRAMENTS I Of the ...
44
A Short Method of Meditation And first of the Presence of God the first point of the Preparation
47
Chap pagb III Of the Invocation the second point of the Preparation
49
Of the third point of Preparation the Proposition of the Mystery
50
Of the Considerations which form the second part of the Meditation
51
the third part of the Meditation
52
Of the Conclusion and Spiritual Nosegay
53
Certain profitable counsels on the subject of Meditation
54
Of the Dryness which is sometimes experienced in Meditation
56
Morning Exercises
57
Of the Evening Exercise and Examination of Conscience
59
Of Spiritual Recollection
60
Of Aspirations Ejaculatory Prayers and Good Thoughts63
63
Of the Holy Eucharist and how we ought to take part in it
68
Of other Public and Common Exercises
70
How we ought to hear and read the Word of God
71
How we ought to receive Inspirations
72
Of Holy Confession
75
Of Frequent Communion
78
How we ought to Communicate
81
PART THE THIRD
84
Chap page II A continuation of the same Discourse about the Choice of Virtues
88
Of Patience
92
Of Exterior Humility
96
Of Interior Humility
99
That humility makes us love our own Abjection
103
That we must preserve our Good Name while prac tising humility
107
Of Meekness towards our Neighbour and Remedies against Anger
114
Of Meekness towards Ourselves
115
That we must do our business with Diligence but without eagerness or Anxiety
117
Dis obedience
120
Of the necessity of Chastity
122
Advices how to preserve chastity
125
Of Poverty of Spirit to be observed in the midst of Riches
127
How to practise true Poverty being notwithstand ing really rich
130
Of the exercises of Exterior Mortirication
152
Of Conversation and Solitude
157
In decency in Attire
160
Of Discourse and first how we must speak of God
162
Chap page XXVII Of Modesty in our Words and the respect we owe to Persons
163
Of Rash Judgments
165
Of Detraction
170
Further Counsels on Discourse
175
and first of such as are lawful and commendable
177
Of Prohibited Games
179
Of Balls and Pastimes which are lawful but dan gerous
180
At what time we may Play or Dance
182
That we must be Faithful both on great and small Occasions
183
That we must be Just and Reasonable
186
Of Desires
188
Instructions for Married People
190
Counsels for Widows
198
A Word to Virgins
203
PART THE FOURTH CONTAINING NECESSARY COUNSELS AGAINST THE MORE ORDINARY TEMPTATIONS I That we must not concern ...
204
That we must be of Good Courage
207
Of the Nature of Temptations and of the dif ference there is between being Tempted and yielding to it
208
Chap Page IV An Example on this Subject
211
Encouragement to a Soul which is under Temptation
212
How Temptation and Delectation may become Sinful
213
Remedies against Great Temptations
216
That we must resist Small Temptations
217
How to resist Small Temptations
218
How to fortify pur Hearts against Temptations
220
Of Inquietude
221
Of Sadness
224
Of Spiritual and Sensible Consolations and how we ought to behave in them
226
Of Spiritual Dryness
233
A Confirmation and Illustration of what has been said by a notable Example
238
PART THE FIFTH CONTAINING EXERCISES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR RENEWING THE SOUL AND CONFIRMING HER IN DEVOTION I ...
242
Considerations on the Favour which God does us in calling us to His Service considered according to the Protestations contained in the First Part
243
On the Examination of the Soul on her Progress in the Devout Life
246
An Examination of the State of the Soul toward God
247
An Examination of the State of the Soul towards itself
249
An Examination of the State of the Soul towards
251
of the Love of Jesus
257
The three final and principal Counsels of this Intro
263
Neighbour 25
266

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