"A tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "

St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"

St Augustine

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"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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Contents (cont)

PART II - THE PURIFICATION OF THE SOUL IN BEGINNERS

XVIII. THE SPIRITUAL AGE OF BEGINNERS
A. Self-Knowledge and Knowledge of God
B. The Love of God in Its Early Stages
C. The Generosity Required in Beginners

XIX. PRACTICAL NATURALISM AND MORTIFICATION ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL

A. Practical Naturalism: of Action and of Inaction
B. Mortification According to the Gospel

XX. MORTIFICATION ACCORDING TO ST. PAUL AND THE REASONS FOR ITS NECESSITY
A. The Consequences of Original Sin
B. The Consequences of Our Personal Sins
C. The Infinite Elevation of Our Supernatural End Demands a Special Mortification or Abnegation
D. The Necessity of Imitating Jesus Crucified

XXI. SINS TO BE AVOIDED; THEIR ROOTS AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES
A. The Roots of the Capital Sins
B. The Consequences of the Seven Capital Sins
C. The Examination of Conscience
D. Sins of Ignorance, Frailty, and Malice
1. Sins of Ignorance
2. Sins of Frailty
3. The Sin of Malice

XXII. THE PREDOMINANT FAULT
A. Definition of the Predominant Fault
B. How to Recognize the Predominant Fault
C. How to Combat the Predominant Fault
D. Note

XXIII. PASSIONS TO BE REGULATED
A. The Passions from the Psychological Point of View
B. Passion from the Moral Point of View
C. The Passions from the Ascetical Point of View

XXIV. THE ACTIVE PURIFICATION OF THE SENSES OR OF THE SENSIBLE APPETITES
A. The Principles to be Applied
B. The Mortification of Sensuality
C. The Mortification of the Irascible Appetite

XXV. THE ACTIVE PURIFICATION OF THE IMAGINATION AND THE MEMORY
A. The Active Purification of the Imagination
B. The Active Purification of the Memory

XXVI. THE ACTIVE PURIFICATION OF THE INTELLECT
A. The Necessity of This Purification: the Defects of Our Intellect
B. The Principle of the Active Purification of the Intellect

XXVII. THE ACTIVE PURIFICATION OF THE WILL
A. The Principal Defect of the Will: Self-Love
B. The Purification of the Will by Progress in the Love of God
C. The Spirit of Detachment

XXVIII. THE HEALING OF PRIDE
A. The True Nature of Pride
B. The Different Forms of Pride
C. The Defects Born of Pride
D. The Remedy for Pride

XXIX. THE HEALING OF SPIRITUAL SLOTH, OR ACEDIA
A. The Nature of Spiritual Sloth, or Acedia
B. The Gravity of Spiritual Sloth and Its Results
C. The Cure for Spiritual Sloth

XXX. SACRAMENTAL CONFESSION
A. Preparation for Confession
B. The Confession Itself
C. The Fruits of Confession

XXXI. ASSISTANCE AT MASS, THE SOURCE OF SANCTIFICATION.
A. The Oblation Ever Living in the Heart of Christ
B. The Effects of the Sacrifice of the Mass and Our Interior Dispositions
C. How to Unite Ourselves to the Eucharistic Sacrifice

XXXII. HOLY COMMUNION
A. The Eucharist, the Living Bread Come Down from Heaven
B. Conditions of a Good Communion
C. The Conditions of a Fervent Communion
D. Examination of Conscience: Communions without Thanksgiving

XXXIII. THE PRAYER OF PETITION
A. The Necessity of a Strong Belief in the Efficacy of Prayer
B. The Source of the Efficacy of Prayer
C. The Particular Petitions We Should Make

XXXIV. LITURGICAL PRAYER
A. Deformed Psalmody
B. Contemplative Chant

XXXV. THE MENTAL PRAYER OF BEGINNERS: ITS PROGRESSIVE SIMPLIFICATION
A. The Nature of Mental Prayer; Our Attitude Toward Methods
B. The Essential Acts of Prayer
C. The Prayer of Simplicity

XXXVI. HOW TO ATTAIN TO THE LIFE OF PRAYER AND PERSEVERE IN IT
A. How to Attain to This Life
B. How to Persevere in the Life of Prayer

XXXVII. RETARDED SOULS
A. The Neglect of Little Things
B. The Refusal of Sacrifices Asked
C. The Tendency to Derision
D. The Unhappy Results of This State
E. The Inclination to Egoism that Remains in Us
F. How to Bring About the Predominance of the Other Inclination Which Is in the Image of God

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

 

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