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Introduction to the Devout Life

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Download Part I COUNSELS FOR THE SOUL'S GUIDANCE Ch 1: What True Devotion is audio
Download Part 1 Ch 2. The Nature and Excellence of Devotion.. audio
Download Part 1 Ch 3 Devotion is suitable to every Vocation and Profession audio
Download Part 1 Ch 4.The Need of a Guide for those who would enter upon and advance in the Devout Life. audio
Download Part 1 Ch 5. The First Step must be Purifying the Soul. audio
Download Part 1 Ch 6. The First Purification, namely, from Mortal Sin. audio
Download Part 1 Ch 7. The Second Purification, from all Sinful Affections. audio
Download Part 1 Ch 8. How to effect this Second Purification audio
Download Part 1 Ch 9. First Meditation Of the End for which we were Created audio
Download Part 1 Ch 10. Second Meditation-Of the End for which we were Created audio
Download Part 1 Ch 11. Third Meditation - On the Gifts of God. audio
Download Part 1 Ch 12. Fourth Meditation.- On Sin audio
Download Part 1 Ch 13. Fifth Meditation - Of Death audio
Download Part 1 Ch 14 - Sixth Meditation - Of Judgment audio
Download Part 1 Ch. 15 - Seventh Meditation - Of Hell audio
Download Part 1 Ch. 16 - Eighth Meditation - On Paradise audio
Download Part 1 Ch. 17 - Ninth Meditation - On the Choice Between Heaven and Hell audio
Download Part 1 Ch 18 - Tenth Meditation - How the Soul chooses the Devout Life. audio
Download Part 1 Ch 19 - How to make a General Confession. audio
Download Part 1 Ch 20 - A hearty Protest made with the object of confirming the Soul’s resolution to serve God, as a conclusion to its acts of Penitence. audio
Download Part 1 Ch 21 - Conclusion of this First Purification. audio
Download Part 1 Ch 22 - The Necessity of Purging away all tendency to Venial Sins. audio
Download Part 1 Ch 23 - It is needful to put away all Inclination for Useless and Dangerous Things. audio
Download Part 1 Ch 24 - All Evil Inclinations must be purged away. audio
Download Part 2 COUNCILS ON THE NECESSITY OF UPLIFTING THE SOUL TO GOD - Ch 1 - The Necessity of Prayer. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 2 - A short Method of Meditation. And first, the Presence of God, the First Point of Preparation. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 3 - Invocation, the Second Point of Preparation. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 4 - the Third Point of Preparation, representing the Mystery to be meditated to Your Imagination. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 5 - Considerations, the Second Part of Meditation. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 6 - The Third Part of Meditation, Affections and Resolutions. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 7 - The Conclusion and Spiritual Bouquet audio
Download Part 2 Ch 8 - Some Useful Hints as to Meditation. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 9 - Concerning Dryness in Meditation. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 10 - Morning Prayer. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 11 - Evening Prayer and Examination of Conscience audio
Download Part 2 Ch 12 - On Spiritual Retirement. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 13 - Aspirations, Ejaculatory Prayer and Holy Thoughts. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 14 - Of Holy Communion, and how to join in it. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 15 - Of the other Public Offices of the Church. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 16 - How the Saints are united to us. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 17 - How to Hear and Read God’s Word. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 18 - How to receive Inspirations. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 19 - On Confession audio
Download Part 2 Ch 20 - Of Frequent Communion. audio
Download Part 2 Ch 21 - How to Communicate. audio
Download Part 3 THE PRACTICE OF VIRTUE - Ch 1 - How to select that which we should chiefly Practice. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 2 - The same Subject continued. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 3 - On Patience. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 4 - On Greater Humility audio
Download Part 3 Ch 5 - On Interior Humility. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 6 - Humility makes us rejoice in our own Abjection. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 7 - How to combine due care for a Good Reputation with Humility audio
Download Part 3 Ch 8 - Gentleness towards others and Remedies against Anger. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 9 - On Gentleness towards Ourselves audio
Download Part 3 Ch 10 - We must attend to the Business of Life carefully, but without Eagerness or Over-anxiety. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 11 - On Obedience. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 12 - On Purity. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 13 - How to maintain Purity. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 14 - On Poverty of Spirit amid Riches. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 15 - How to exercise real Poverty, although actually Rich. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 16 - How to possess a rich Spirit amid real Poverty. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 17 - On Friendship: Evil and Frivolous Friendship. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 18 - On Frivolous Attachments audio
Download Part 3 Ch 19 - Of Real Friendship. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 20 - Of the Difference between True and False Friendship. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 21 - Remedies against Evil Friendships. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 22 - Further Advice concerning Intimacies. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 23 - On The Practice of Bodily Mortification. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 24 - Of Society and Solitude. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 25 - On Modesty in Dress. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 26 - Of Conversation; and, first, how to Speak of God audio
Download Part 3 Ch 27 - Of Unseemly Words, and the Respect due to Others. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 28 - Of Hasty Judgments. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 29 - On Slander. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 30 - Further Counsels as to Conversation. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 31 - Of Amusements and Recreations: what are allowable. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 32 - Of Forbidden Amusements. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 33 - Of Balls, and other Lawful but Dangerous Amusements. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 34 - When to use such Amusements rightly. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 35 - We must be Faithful in Things Great and Small. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 36 - Of a Well-Balanced, Reasonable Mind. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 37 - Of Wishes. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 38 - Counsels to Married People. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 39 - The Sanctity of the Marriage Bed. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 40 - Counsels to Widows. audio
Download Part 3 Ch 41 - One Word to Maidens. audio
Download Part 4 CONCERNING ORDINARY TEMPTATIONS - Ch 1 We must not trifle with the Words of Worldly Wisdom. audio
Download Part 4 Ch 2 - The need of a Good Courage audio
Download Part 4 Ch 3 - Of Temptations, and the difference between experiencing them and consenting to them. audio
Download Part 4 Ch 4 - Two striking Illustrations of the same audio
Download Part 4 Ch 5 - Encouragement for the Tempted Soul. audio
Download Part 4 Ch 6 - When Temptation and Delectation are Sin. audio
Download Part 4 Ch 7 - Remedies for Great Occasions. audio
Download Part 4 Ch 8 - How to resist Minor Temptations. audio
Download Part 4 Ch 9 - How remedy Minor Temptations. audio
Download Part 4 Ch 10 - How to strengthen the Heart against Temptation. audio
Download Part 4 Ch 11 - Anxiety of Mind. audio
Download Part 4 Ch 12 - Of Sadness and Sorrow. audio
Download Part 4 Ch 13 - Of Spiritual and Sensible Consolations, and how to receive them. audio
Download Part 4 Ch 14 - Of Dryness and Spiritual Barrenness audio
Download Part 4 Ch 15 - An Illustration. audio
Download Part 5 PRACTICES FOR RENEWING AND CONFIRMING THE SOUL IN DEVOTION. Ch 1 - It is well yearly to renew Good Resolutions by means of the following Exercises. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 2 - Meditation on the Benefit conferred on us by God in calling us to His Service. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 3 - Examination of the Soul as to its Progress in the Devout Life audio
Download Part 5 Ch 4 - Examination of the Soul’s Condition as regards God. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 5 - Examination of your Condition as regards yourself. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 6 - Examination of the Soul’s Condition as regards our Neighbour. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 7 - Examination as to the Affectations of the Soul. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 8 - The Affections to be excited after such Examination. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 9 - Reflections suitable to the renewal of Good Resolutions. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 10 - First Consideration—of the Worth of Souls. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 11 - Second Consideration—on the Excellence of Virtue. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 12 - The Example of the Saints. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 13 - The Love which Jesus Christ bears to us. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 14 - The Eternal Love of God for us. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 15 - General Affections which should result from these Considerations, and Conclusion of the Exercise. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 16 - The Impressions which should remain after this Exercise. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 17 - An Answer to Two Objections which may be made to this Book. audio
Download Part 5 Ch 18 - Three Important and Final Counsels. audio

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First published in the early 17th century, it has proven its value as a daily spiritual guide and helpful reference for living an authentic Christian life. Written specifically for laymen, it began as letters from Saint Francis to a married woman who was seeking holiness amidst the distractions of her life of wealth and status. It contains treasures of wisdom for every reader, from eager beginner to lifelong Christian. Summary by Wikipedia and Phil Chenevert.

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