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The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ

The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ

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  • ISBN-13: 9781484887363
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date: May 07, 2013
  • Pages: 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.90 x 8.00 x 5.00 inches

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THE whole sanctity and perfection of a soul consists in loving Jesus Christ, our God, our sovereign good, and our Redeemer. Whoever loves me, says Jesus Christ himself, shall be loved by my Eternal Father: My Father loves you because you have loved Me. Some, says St. Francis de Sales, make perfection consist in an austere life; others in prayer; others in frequenting the Sacraments; others in alms-deeds. But they deceive themselves: perfection consists in loving God with our whole heart. The Apostle wrote: Above all things, . . . have charity, which is the bond of perfection. It is charity which keeps united and preserves all the virtues that render a man perfect. Hence St. Augustine said: “Love God, and do whatever you please;” because a soul that loves God is taught by that same love never to do anything that will displease him, and to leave nothing undone that may please him. Table of Contents INTRODUCTION 9 Chapter I 70 CHARITY IS PATIENT He that loves Jesus Christ loves sufferings. (Patience) Chapter II 89 CHARITY IS KIND He that loves Jesus Christ loves meekness. (Meekness) Chapter III 99 CHARITY ENVIETH NOT The soul that loves Jesus Christ does not envy the great ones of this world, but only those who are greater lovers of Jesus Christ. Chapter IV 110 CHARITY DEALETH NOT PERVERSELY He that loves Jesus Christ avoids lukewarmness, and seeks perfection; the means of which are: 1. Desire 2. Resolution 3. Mental Prayer 4. Communion 5. Prayer Lukewarmess Remedies against lukewarmness: 1. Desire of Perfection 2. Resolution 3. Mental Prayer Chapter V 149 CHARITY IS NOT PUFFED UP He that loves Jesus Christ is not vain of his own worth, but humbles himself, and is glad to be humbled by others. (Humility) Chapter VI 160 CHARITY IS NOT AMBITIOUS He that loves Jesus Christ desires nothing but Jesus Christ. (Vainglory) Chapter VII 167 CHARITY SEEKETH NOT HER OWN He that loves Jesus Christ seeks to detach himself from every creature. (Detachment) Detachment from relatives, above all, in regard to one’s vocation. Sanctity required to enter Holy Orders. Detachment from human respect and self-will. Chapter VIII 195 CHARITY IS NOT PROVOKED TO ANGER He that loves Jesus Christ is never angry with his neighbor. (Meekness) Chapter IX 207 CHARITY THINKETH NO EVIL, REJOICETH NOT IN INIQUITY, BUT REJOICING WITH THE TRUTH (Conformity to God’s Will) The necessity of conforming to God’s Will Obedience Chapter X 228 CHARITY BEARETH ALL THINGS He that loves Jesus Christ bears all things for Jesus Christ, and especially illnesses, poverty, and contempt. 1. Patience in sickness 2. Patience in poverty 3. Patience under contempt Chapter XI 249 CHARITY BELIEVETH ALL THINGS He that loves Jesus Christ believes all His words. (Faith) Chapter XII 256 CHARITY HOPETH ALL THINGS He that loves Jesus Christ hopes for all things from Him. (Hope) Chapter XIII 272 CHARITY BEARETH ALL THINGS IN TEMPTATIONS AND DESOLATIONS He that loves Jesus Christ with a strong love does not cease to love Him in the midst of all sorts of temptations and desolations. 1. Temptations; why God permits them Remedies against temptations 2. Desolations Abstract of the virtues treated of in this work, to be practiced by him who loves Jesus Christ MEDITATIONS 316 Novena to the Holy Ghost 1. Love is a fire that inflames the heart 2. Love is a light that enlightens the soul 3. Love is a fountain that satisfies 4. Love is a dew that fertilizes 5. Love is a repose that refreshes 6. Love is the virtue that gives strength 7. Love causes God to dwell in our souls 8. Love is a bond that binds 9. Love is a treasure containing every good 10. The means of loving God and becoming a saint Pious Exercise to obtain the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost 337 Hymn 353

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