A Private Retreat for Religious

A Private Retreat for Religious : Enriched with Reflections and Select Readings Taken from the Spiritual Writings of St. Alphonsus (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from A Private Retreat for Religious: Enriched With Reflections and Select Readings Taken From the Spiritual Writings of St. Alphonsus There. Are many earnest souls working in the vineyard of the Lord, whose labors do not permit them to make the annual public retreat. Many others desire to spend a few days in solitude at the close of the year, or at some other time when their occupation will allow them to do so. There are still others, who, deriving more benefit from a private than a public retreat, prefer to make the spiritual exercises in total seclusion and silence. To all such this Private Retreat for Religious is offered as an aid. To derive a lasting benefit from the exercise of a retreat we must do three things: (1) meditate on the eternal truths till they permeate our very being; (2) examine our conscience till we come to know ourselves, if possible, as God knows us; (3) submit ourselves unreservedly to the influence of grace by fervent prayer. Thus only can we form and live up to practical resolutions which will bring us to perfection, for only by frequent, sincere, and systematic reflection can we make the salutary truths of our holy religion our own. 'by fidelity to this practice we shall not only ah sorb these truths into our mind, but we shall also make them, so to speak, enter into and become a part of our very flesh and blood. Unless we become in this way so familiarized with the eter nal truths that, like St. Aloysius, we instinctively ask, What does this count for eternity? We can not look upon life habitually from the point of view of almighty God. And yet, this is literally necessary for every true follower of Jesus Christ. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 658g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243160739
  • 9780243160730