Monthly Archives: April 2011

Avoiding False Hope and Pride

The Seventh Chapter Avoiding False Hope and Pride VAIN is the man who puts his trust in men, in created things. Do not be ashamed to serve others for the love of Jesus Christ and to seem poor in this … Continue reading

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Unbridled Affections

The Sixth Chapter Unbridled Affections WHEN a man desires a thing too much, he at once becomes ill at ease. A proud and avaricious man never rests, whereas he who is poor and humble of heart lives in a world … Continue reading

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Reading the Holy Scripture

The Fifth Chapter Reading the Holy Scripture TRUTH, not eloquence, is to be sought in reading the Holy Scriptures; and every part must be read in the spirit in which it was written. For in the Scriptures we ought to … Continue reading

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Prudence in Action

The Fourth Chapter Prudence in Action DO NOT yield to every impulse and suggestion but consider things carefully and patiently in the light of God’s will. For very often, sad to say, we are so weak that we believe and … Continue reading

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The Doctrine of Truth

The Third Chapter The Doctrine of Truth HAPPY is he to whom truth manifests itself, not in signs and words that fade, but as it actually is. Our opinions, our senses often deceive us and we discern very little. What … Continue reading

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Having a Humble Opinion of Self

The Second Chapter Having a Humble Opinion of Self EVERY man naturally desires knowledge22    Aristotle, Metaphysics, i. 1.; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual … Continue reading

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Imitating Christ and Despising All Vanities

The First Chapter Imitating Christ and Despising All Vanities on Earth HE WHO follows Me, walks not in darkness,” says the Lord (John 8:12). By these words of Christ we are advised to imitate His life and habits, if we … Continue reading

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