Introduction to the devout life. A new transl

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Contents

The Need of a Guide for those who would enter upon and advance in the Devout Life II
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The First Step must be Purifying the Soul
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The First Purification namely from Mortal Sin
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The Second Purification from all Sinful Affections
20
How to effect this Second Purification
22
First Meditation Of Creation
24
Second Meditation Of the End for which we were Created
27
Third Meditation Of the Gifts of God
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Fourth MeditationOn Sin
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Fifth MeditationOn Death
35
Sixth MeditationOn Judgment
38
Seventh Meditation Of Hell
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Eighth MeditationOn Paradise
43
sion to its Acts of Penitence
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Conclusion of this First Purification
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The Necessity of Purging away all tendency to Venial Sins
57
It is needful to put away all Inclination for Useless and Dangerous Things
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All Evil Inclinations must be purged away
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PART II
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A short Method of Meditation And first the Pre sence of God the First Point of Preparation
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Invocation the Second Point of Preparation
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The Third Point of Preparation representing the Mystery to be meditated to your Imagination
73
Considerations the Second Part of Meditation
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The Third Part of Meditation Affections and Resolutions
75
The Conclusion and Spiritual Bouquet
77
Some Useful Hints as to Meditation
78
Concerning Dryness in Meditation
81
Morning Prayer
83
Evening Prayer and Examination of Conscience
85
On Spiritual Retirement
87
Aspirations Ejaculatory Prayer and Holy Thoughts
90
Of Holy Communion and how to join in it
98
How to Hear and Read Gods Word
105
How to receive Inspirations
107
On Confession III
111
Of Frequent Communion
116
How to Communicate I 20
120
PART III
124
The same Subject continued
131
On Patience
136
On Exterior Humility
142
On Interior Humility
147
Humility makes us rejoice in our own Abjection
153
How to combine due care for a Good Reputation with Humility
158
Gentleness towards others and Remedies against Anger
163
Evil and Frivolous Friendship
196
On Frivolous Attachments
198
Of Real Friendship
201
Of the Difference between True and False Friend ship
205
Others
231
Of Hasty Judgments
234
On Slander
241
Further Counsels as to Conversation
249
what are allowable
252
Of Forbidden Amusements
254
Of Balls and other Lawful but Dangerous Amusements
255
When to use such Amusements rightly
259
We must be Faithful in Things Great and Small
260
Of a Wellbalanced Reasonable Mind
264
Of Wishes
267
Counsels to Married People
270
The Sanctity of the Marriage Bed
280
Counsels to Widows
281
One Word to Maidens
289
PART IV
290
The need of a Good Courage
294
Of Temptations and the difference between experienc ing them and consenting to them
296
Two striking Illustrations of the same
300
Encouragement for the Tempted Soul
302
Anxiety of Mind
315
Of Sadness and Sorrow
319
Of Spiritual and Sensible Consolations and how to receive them c
323
Of Dryness and Spiritual Barrenness
333
In Illustration
340
PART V
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Meditation on the Benefit conferred on us by God in calling us to His Service
348
Examination of the Soul as to its Progress in the Devout Life
351
Examination of the Souls Condition as regards God
354
Examination of your Condition as regards yourself
357
Examination of the Souls Condition as regards our Neighbour
358
Examination as to the Affections of the Soul
359
The Affections to be excited after such Examination
361
Reflections suitable to the renewal of Good Resolutions
362
First ConsiderationOf the Worth of Souls
363
Second ConsiderationOn the Excellence of Virtue
364
The Example of the Saints
366
The Love which Jesus Christ bears to us
367
The Eternal Love of God for us
369
The Impressions which should remain after this
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Page 322 - I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone. My soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him ; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
Page 312 - For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; or whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
Page 280 - For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
Page 160 - Namely, while they say daily unto me : Where is now thy God? 14 Why art thou so vexed, O...
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Page 96 - Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: 11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
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Page 200 - I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.
Page 209 - And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?
Page 136 - For who maketh thee to differ from another ? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

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