"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "

Thomas á Kempis

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"It is well to choose some one good devotion, and to stick to it, and never to abandon it."

St Philip Neri

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"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "

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

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Contents (cont)

PART V - EXTRAORDINARY GRACES

LIII. CHARISMS OR GRACES Gratis Datae
A. Nature and Division of the Charisms
B. Application of This Doctrine by St. John of the Cross

LIV. DIVINE REVELATIONS AND VISIONS
A. What Should Be Thought of Private Revelations
B. Supernatural Visions

LV. SUPERNATURAL WORDS AND DIVINE TOUCHES
A. The Different Kinds of Supernatural Words
B. Divine Touches

LVI. STIGMATIZATION AND SUGGESTION
A. The Traditional Teaching
B. Ecstasy and Stigmatization
C. Levitation
D. Luminous Effluvia
E. Fragrant Effluvia
F. Prolonged Abstinence

LVII. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EXTRAORDINARY DIVINE FACTS AND MORBID PHENOMENA
A. Differences on the Part of the Subject
B. Differences on the Part of the Phenomena
C. Differences in the Effects
D. An Examination of Some Particular Facts
E. Note

LVIII. DIABOLICAL PHENOMENA
A. Obsession
B. Possession
1. A Striking Example
2. Note

EPILOGUE - THE AXIS OF THE SPIRITUAL LIFE AND ITS UNITY

I

A. The Distinction between Ascetical and Mystical Theology as It Has Often Been Proposed Since the Seventeenth Century
B. Disadvantages from a Wrong Understanding of the Division between Ascetical and Mystical Theology
C. Various Forms of Simplified Prayer
D. The Axis of the Spiritual Life and Ascetical Theology Rightly Understood
E. The Axis of the Spiritual Life and True Mystical Theology

II

THE BEATIFIC VISION AND ITS NORMAL PRELUDE
A. The Absolutely Immediate Vision of the Divine Essence
B. The Normal and Immediate Prelude of the Beatific Union


ADDENDA

ON THE NATURE OF SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY

SYNTHESIS OF THE TREATISE ON The Three Ages of the Interior Life

SUMMARY OF THE WORK IN THREE RETREATS
A. First Retreat: On Spiritual Progress
B. Second Retreat: On the Spiritual Organism.
C. Third Retreat: On Christian Perfection


 

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