Table of Contents

Title Page


Thoughts Helpful in the Life of the Soul

The Interior Life

Internal Consolation

The Inward Conversation of Christ with the Faithful Soul

Truth Speaks Inwardly Without the Sound of Words

Listen Humbly to the Words of God. Many Do Not Heed Them

We Must Walk Before God in Humility and Truth

The Wonderful Effect of Divine Love

The Proving of a True Lover

Grace Must Be Hidden Under the Mantle of Humility

Self-Abasement in the Sight of God

All Things should be Referred to God as their Last End

To Despise the World and Serve God is Sweet

The Longings of our Hearts Must be Examined and Moderated

Acquiring Patience in the Fight Against Concupiscence

The Obedience of One Humbly Subject to the Example of Jesus Christ

Consider the Hidden Judgments of God Lest You Become Proud of Your Own Good Deeds

How One Should Feel and Speak on Every Desirable Thing

True Comfort Is to Be Sought in God Alone

All Our Care is to Be Placed in God

Temporal Sufferings Should Be Borne Patiently, After the Example of Christ

True Patience in Suffering

Confessing Our Weakness in the Miseries of Life

Above All Goods and All Gifts We Must Rest in God

Remember the Innumerable Gifts of God

Four Things Which Bring Great Peace

Avoiding Curious Inquiry About the Lives of Others

The Basis of Firm Peace of Heart and True Progress

The Excellence of a Free Mind, Gained Through Prayer Rather Than By Study

Self-Love is the Greatest Hindrance to the Highest Good

Strength Against Slander

How We Must Call Upon and Bless the Lord When Trouble Presses

The Quest of Divine Help and Confidence in Regaining Grace

To Find the Creator, Forsake All Creatures

Self-Denial and the Renunciation of Evil Appetites

Restlessness of Soul—Directing Our Final Intention Toward God

God is Sweet Above All Things and in All Things to Those Who Love Him

There is No Security from Temptation in This Life

The Vain Judgments of Men

Pure and Entire Resignation of Self to Obtain Freedom of Heart

The Right Ordering of External Affairs; Recourse to God in Dangers

A Man Should Not Be Unduly Solicitous About His Affairs

Man Has No Good in Himself and Can Glory in Nothing

Contempt for All Earthly Honor

Peace is Not to Be Placed in Men

Beware Vain and Worldly Knowledge

Do Not Be Concerned About Outward Things

All Men Are Not to Be Believed, for It Is Easy to Err in Speech

Trust in God Against Slander

Every Trial Must Be Borne for the Sake of Eternal Life

The Day of Eternity and the Distresses of This Life

The Desire of Eternal Life; the Great Rewards Promised to Those Who Struggle

How a Desolate Person Ought to Commit Himself Into the Hands of God

When We Cannot Attain to the Highest, We Must Practice the Humble Works

A Man Ought Not to Consider Himself Worthy of Consolation, But Rather Deserving of Chastisement

God's Grace Is Not Given to the Earthly Minded

The Different Motions of Nature and Grace

The Corruption of Nature and the Efficacy of Divine Grace

We Ought to Deny Ourselves and Imitate Christ Through Bearing the Cross

A Man Should Not Be Too Downcast When He Falls Into Defects

High Matters and the Hidden Judgments of God Are Not to Be Scrutinized

All Hope and Trust Are to Be Fixed In God Alone

An Invitation to Holy Communion


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