Vera Sapentia Or True Wisdom

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St Athanasius Press, 2003 - 216 pages
True Wisdom was written by the 2nd bestselling author of all time, Thomas A Kempis, widely known for The Imitation of Christ. Here we have another spiritual classic by this great author which is sure to enrich the spiritual lives of its readers. Upon reading the works of Kempis one can not helped but be touched by his spiritual writings. This is an unedited reprint of the 1904 English translation.
 

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Contents

BOOK
1
The Devout Prayer of a Sinner turning to God
16
An Encouragement to Spiritual Advancement
22
Vice after the Example of the Saints
28
How the Faithful Mind is Affected by Various
36
Confidence in Divine Mercy
43
BOOK II
47
II The Preceding Subject Continued
50
God is the Helper and Refuge of the Poor
104
Lazarus Poor and Infirm
107
The Union of the Soul with God in the Various PAGE
109
The same Subject Continued
116
The Connection and Relationship of Poverty
123
The Consolation of the Afflicted and Sorrowful
129
Patience is Taught by the Example of
137
Divine Consolation in Suffering for Christ
143

Sighing for Eternal Life
53
The Eternal Praise of God Divine Love and Desire of Eternal Glory
55
Divine Hope
58
Christ is the Life of Him who has Died to the World
61
Withdrawing from Creatures
65
Contempt for all Earthly Consolation
67
That great Sweetness and Consolation are found in God
72
Seeking the Only and Best Good
75
True Peace is to be Sought in God alone
81
The Desire of Divine Enjoyment
83
The Sighing of a Soul on account of the Delay of Glory
87
The Remembrance of the Heavenly Country
92
BOOK III
97
The Elect are Proved in Many Ways
98
God is to be Praised in the Absence of Devotion
100
The True Lover of God
101
The Soul should be Grateful for every Gift
102
The Conformity of a Devout Soul with its Crucified Lord
103
BOOK IV
151
in Opposition to Dissipation
159
The Invocation of the Holy Name of Jesus and of the Blessed Virgin Mary His Mother
160
On Humility
163
The Conduct and Actions of the Truly Humble and also the Qualities of the Proud
165
On the Clear Intelligence of the Holy Scriptures
168
In Praise of the Holy Angels
169
The Prayer of the Devout Lover and Praiser of God
171
The Union of Heart to be Maintained with God
172
The Walking of a Pure Soul with God
174
XIV On Peace of Heart and Rest in God
175
On the Recollection of the Heart with God
176
On Companionship with Jesus and His Saints
177
Our Complete Happiness and Last End are to be placed in God alone
181
XVIII The Approach to the Holy of Holies Jesus Christ the King of Angels
184
The Approach to Salute the Glorious Virgin
189
That Thanks are to be Given for all Benefits
194
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Thomas à Kempis was born at Kempen, Germany in 1380. He attended Deventer in the Netherlands where he eventually joined the Canons and was later ordained as a priest. His most well-known work is the Imitation of Christ. It has been acclaimed as one of the greatest spiritual writings of all time. For some time there was some dispute as to the title's authorship. He died July 25, 1471.

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