The Inward Pilgrimage: An Introduction to Christian Spiritual Classics

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Augsburg Books, 1. jaan 1996 - 172 pages
Newly reissued, this book opens the way for readers to discover the riches of 16 great spiritual classics that have brought new life to Christians of all denominations. Includes St. Augustine's The Confessions, The Desert Fathers, and The Little Flowers of St. Francis, Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ, St. Teresa of Avalon's The Interior Castle, John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, and others.

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Contents

PROLOGUE
11
THE CONFESSIONS
15
THE DESERT FATHERS
23
THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST FRANCIS
31
THE IMITATION OF CHRIST
41
THE FREEDOM OF THE CHRISTIAN
51
THE INTERIOR CASTLE
59
THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
67
FOR SELFEXAMINATION
99
THE WAY OF A PILGRIM
109
CREATIVE PRAYER
117
PRAYER
125
THE SCHOOL OF CHARITY
133
LIFE TOGETHER
143
EPILOGUE
151
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION
153

THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD
75
PILGRIMS PROGRESS
81
THE JOURNAL OF JOHN WOOLMAN
91
NOTES
163
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Page 83 - He ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending; and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre. So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more. Then was Christian glad and lightsome, and said with a merry heart, "He hath given me rest by his...
Page 82 - THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, IN THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM. I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a Den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep : and, as I slept, I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back (Isa.
Page 73 - OGOD, who hast made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the whole earth, and didst send thy blessed Son to preach peace to them that are far off and to them that are nigh ; Grant that all men everywhere may seek after thee and find thee.
Page 67 - More especially, we pray for the good estate of the Catholic Church; that it may be so guided and governed by Thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.
Page 71 - We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life ; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives ; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and...
Page 70 - LORD, our heavenly ,Father, Almighty > and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day ; De(fend us in the same with thy mighty power ; and grant » that this day we fall into no ,sin, neither run into ,any kind of danger...
Page 88 - I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my Pilgrimage, and my Courage and Skill to him that can get it.
Page 86 - They then addressed themselves to the water; and entering, Christian began to sink, and crying out to his good friend Hopeful, he said, I sink in deep waters; the billows go over my head, all his waves go over me! Selah.
Page 87 - He that is down needs fear no fall; He that is low no pride; He that is humble ever shall Have God to be his guide.
Page 102 - For if any one is a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

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