Discourses on Various Subjects Volume 1

Discourses on Various Subjects Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1816 edition. Excerpt: ...a hard saying, frequenter vidimus de frigidis et carnalibus ad spiritualem venisse fervorem. de tepidis et animalibus omnino won vidimus; many persons, from vicious, and dead, and cold, have passed into life and an excellent grace, and a spiritual warmth, and holy fires; but from lukewarm and indifferent never any body came to an excellent condition, and state of holiness: rarissime, St. Bernard says, very extremely seldom; and our blessed Saviour said something of this. The publicans and the harlots go before you into the kingdom of heaven; they are moved by shame, and punished by dis frace, and remarked by punishments, and frighted y the circumstances and notices of all the world, and separated from sober persons by laws and an intolerable character, and the sense of honour, and the care of their persons, and their love of civil society, and every thing in the world can invite them towards virtues. But the man that is accounted, honest, and does justice, and some things of religion, unless he finds himself but upon his way, and feels his wants, and groans under the sense of his infirmities, and sighs under his imperfections, and accounts himself not to have comprehended, but still presses towards the mark of his calling; unless, I say, he still increases in his appetites of religion, as he does in his progression, he will think he needs no counsellor, and the spirit of God whispers to an ear, that is already filled with noises, and cannot attend to the heavenly calling. The stomach, that is already full, is next to loathing; and that is the prologue to sickness, and a rejecting the first wholesome nutriment, which was entertained to relieve the first natural necessities: qui non proficit, vult deficere, said St. Bernard: he that goes not...show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236552881
  • 9781236552884