"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "

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

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."

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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