"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."

Blessed Henry Suso

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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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"The greatest glory we can give to God is to do his will in everything."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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Contents (cont)

PART IV - THE UNITIVE WAY OF THE PERFECT

SECTION I - THE ENTRANCE INTO THE UNITIVE WAY THROUGH THE NIGHT OF THE SPIRIT

XXXIV. THE NECESSITY OF THE PASSIVE PURIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT, AND THE PRELUDE OF THE UNITIVE WAY
A. The Defects of the Advanced
B. The Depths of the Will to Be Purified

XXXV. DESCRIPTION OF THE PASSIVE PURIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT
A. The Darkness in Which the Soul Has the Impression of Being
B. The Revelation of the Majesty of God in This Darkness

XXXVI. THE CAUSE OF THE PASSIVE PURIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT
A. Purifying Infused Light and Spiritual Fire
B. The Influence of the Gift of Understanding in This Purification

XXXVII. THE TRANSLUMINOUS OBSCURITY
A. The Effect of Too Great a Light
B. The Effect of Light on Weak Eyes
C. The Fear of Consenting or of Having Consented to Temptations
D. Confirmations

XXXVIII. CONDUCT TO BE OBSERVED DURING THE PURIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT
A. Generous Acceptance
B. Faith in the Mystery of the Cross
C. Firm Hope and Constant Prayer
D. The Love of Conformity and of Submission to God's Good Pleasure

XXXIX. THE EFFECTS OF THE PASSIVE PURIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT IN RELATION ESPECIALLY TO THE THREE THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES
A. Negative Effects
B. The Positive Effects of This Purification
C. The Purification of Faith
D. The Purification of Hope
E. The Purification of Charity
F. Sufferings That Sometimes Accompany the Passive Purification of the Spirit

XL. THE SPIRITUAL AGE OF THE PERFECT, THEIR UNION WITH GOD
A. Quasi-Experimental and Almost Continual Knowledge of God
B. Loving God with One's Whole Mind
C. The Indwelling of the Blessed Trinity in the Purified Soul
D. The Signs of the Indwelling of the Blessed Trinity in the Purified Soul

XLI. A FORM OF PERFECT LIFE: THE WAY OF SPIRITUAL CHILDHOOD
A. The Innate Qualities of the Child
B. The Principal Virtues of the Child of God
C. What Distinguishes Spiritual Childhood from Natural Childhood

SECTION II - THE HEROIC DEGREE OF THE VIRTUES

XLII. THE HEROIC DEGREE OF THE VIRTUES IN GENERAL
A. The Distinctive Marks of Heroic Virtue
B. The Connection of the Virtues and Their Heroic Degree

XLIII. HEROIC AND CONTEMPLATIVE FAITH
A. The Firmness of Its Adherence
B. Promptness in Rejecting Error
C. The Penetration Which Causes Everything to Be Seen in the Light of Revelation
D. The Victory of Heroic Faith over the Spirit of the World

XLIV. HEROIC HOPE AND ABANDONMENT
A. The Invincible Firmness of Perfect Hope
B. Trusting Abandonment and Unwavering Fidelity
C. The Heroic Confidence of the Saints Restores Hope in Their Companions

XLV. HEROIC CHARITY
A. Heroic Charity toward God, Perfect Conformity to His Will and Love of the Cross
B. Heroic Charity toward One's Neighbor: the Ardent Desire for His Salvation and Radiating Goodness toward All

XLVI. THE HEROIC DEGREE OF THE CHRISTIAN MORAL VIRTUES
A. Heroic Humility and Meekness
B. Heroic Fortitude and Magnanimity
C. Heroic Prudence
D. Heroic Justice
E. The Heroic Degree of the Religious Virtues

XL VII. THE LOVE OF JESUS CRUCIFIED AND OF MARY IN THE UNITIVE WAY
A. Christ's Victory and Its Radiation
B. Devotion to Mary in the Unitive Way

SECTION III - THE FORMS AND DEGREES OF THE UNITIVE LIFE

XLVIII. PERFECT APOSTOLIC LIFE AND CONTEMPLATION
A. The Eminent Source of the Apostolate
B. The Condition of the Apostolate and Its Fruitfulness

XLIX. THE LIFE OF REPARATION
A. The Life of Reparation in the Priest
B. The Life of Reparation in All Those Who Have a Heavy Cross to Carry
C. A Great Example: the Reparatory Night of the Spirit in St. Paul of the Cross

L. THE INFLUENCE OF THE HOLY GHOST IN THE PERFECT SOUL
A. The Holy Ghost, Uncreated Gift
B. The Activity of the Uncreated Gift in Our Souls
C. Conclusion

LI. ARID MYSTICAL UNION AND ECSTATIC UNION ACCORDING TO ST. TERESA
A. Arid and Painful Mystical Union
B. Ecstatic Union; Its Manifestation and Nature
C. What Distinguishes Rapture from Ecstasy
D. The Effects of Ecstatic Union
E. The Purification of Love

LII. THE TRANSFORMING UNION, PRELUDE OF THE UNION OF HEAVEN
A. The Graces Which Sometimes Accompany the Transforming Union
B. The Essential Nature of the Transforming Union
C. The Theological Explanation of This State
D. The Effects of the Transforming Union
E. A Note on the Highest Degree of the Mystical Life

1. The Nameless Depth of the Soul and the Deity
2. The Holy Ghost Lifts up the Soul and Prays in It
3. Detachment from Self and Attachment to God
4. Different Meanings of the Title "Spouse"
5. The Desire of the Transforming Union.
6. The Intimacy of the Transforming Union
7. The Equality of Love
8. Conclusion

APPENDIX - THE PERFECTION OF LOVE AND THE MYSTICAL UNION

I. THE PERFECTION OF LOVE AND INFUSED CONTEMPLATION

II. THE UNION DESCRIBED IN A Spiritual Canticle IS MYSTICAL

III. THE PERFECTION OF LOVE IN THE SPIRITUAL ESPOUSALS

IV. THE PERFECTION OF LOVE IN THE SPIRITUAL MARRIAGE  

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