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A Treatise On Divine Union By Thomas C. Upham
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David Bundy summarizes the themes of this book: “The... Eastern Christian themes [exemplified by the writings of Pseudo-Macarius] can be seen in Upham’s Treatise on Divine Union. In this... More > volume he analyzes carefully the origins, grounds and goals of the relationship between God and humans as well as the practices which may result in the improvement of that relationship. The journey, or goal of all human spirituality, he affirms, is the reestablishment of the perfect union with God that was broken when humans, through their free will, decided not to conform to the will of God. Every aspect of life, has a bearing on spirituality. It is through prayer and total ‘abandonment’ of ourselves for God that we move toward the goal.” I also see essence of Pseudo Dionysus with the first part of this work. This particular treatise is a essential key to unlocking the subject matter St John of the Cross lays down in his work(s) “Ascent of Mount Carmel and, A Dark Night of the Soul.”< Less
THE SPIRIT AND ORIGIN OF CHRISTIAN MONASTICISM By James O. Hannay
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The Catholic ideal is the ascetic life. The true monk is the perfect Christian. “This”, says Thomas a Kempis “is the highest wisdom, by contempt of the world to make for the regions... More > of heaven.” Possession of property, marriage, fatherhood blind a man’s eyes to life’s greatest possibility, the beatific vision of the King in His beauty. The monk’s complete renunciation of all, which the world holds to be good, is at once the proof of his devotion and the means whereby he is able to arrive most swiftly and certainly at close personal communion with God. In the lawful fulfillment of his body’s functions, he comes nearest to achieving the purpose of God who made the body what it is. In making the most that he can, honestly, out of life’s opportunities for gain and joy, he best shows his thankfulness to the God who placed him in the world. Monastic Series Vol. 9< Less
The Lausiac History of Palladius, a Critical Edition By W. K. Lowther Clarke
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It has been the lot of many a scholar to grapple with the difficulties of an ancient text so successfully that the result of his labors has been accepted as substantially representing the original... More > work of the author: few editors indeed can be credited with an achievement equal to that of Abbot Butler, who brought order out of confusion and rescued for the historian a document, which had been regarded with the utmost suspicion. His conclusions were at once recognized as correct, and much that had been written on early monasticism became obsolete, based as it was on an erroneous estimate of the original authorities. The solitary life, begun in the desert as described above, was organized about 305 by St. Antony, who is justly reckoned as the founder of Christian monasticism. Through the efforts of him and his disciples great colonies of monks arose, the most famous of which were at Nitria and Scete. This is a work by one of those who lived and dies there as one of them.< Less
Selected Works of William of Ockham— Vol. 1 By William of Ockham O.F.M.
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You are holding, to date the only critical study of the works by William of Ockham regarding his perception and teaching of the Corpus Christi. Within these pages are the main corpus of works which... More > have been carefully screened from all extant works. The era is the early 1300’s and the Christian Church is under siege of by the gradual infiltration of the writings of Aristotle into the West was not without profound repercussions on the speculative thought of the day. This was true not only in the field of natural philosophy but in an even more marked degree in the field of logic. Philosophy gained for itself more of an autonomous position without, however, becoming completely divorced from theology, the queen of the sciences. The great speculative minds of the day began to inquire more earnestly as to just which truths the human mind could demonstrate with certainty. The field of positive theology became more and more distinct from that of speculative theology.< Less
Selected Works of William of Ockham— Vol. 1 By William of Ockham
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You are holding, to date the only critical study of the works by William of Ockham regarding his perception and teaching of the Corpus Christi. Within these pages are the main corpus of works which... More > have been carefully screened from all extant works. The era is the early 1300’s and the Christian Church is under siege of by the gradual infiltration of the writings of Aristotle into the West was not without profound repercussions on the speculative thought of the day. This was true not only in the field of natural philosophy but in an even more marked degree in the field of logic. Philosophy gained for itself more of an autonomous position without, however, becoming completely divorced from theology, the queen of the sciences. The great speculative minds of the day began to inquire more earnestly as to just which truths the human mind could demonstrate with certainty. The field of positive theology became more and more distinct from that of speculative theology.< Less
Collected Works By Clement of Alexandria
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"The Ante-Nicene Fathers" ranges from the Apostolic Fathers to various third and fourth century sources including the liturgies and ancient Syriac documents. It was intended to comprise... More > translations into English of all the extant works of the Fathers down to the date of the first General Council held at Nicaea in 325 A.D. The Ante-Nicene Fathers set enables modern readers to see for themselves what the early Christians believed on a variety of subjects such as baptism, communion, salvation, eternal security, predestination, gifts of the Spirit, life after death, war, abortion, and the Trinity. Just as importantly, these writings give modern readers a window into the lives and spirituality of the early Christians. This is another installment of Clement.< Less
An Incitement to Divine Love By James of Milan OFM
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You are holding a Medieval Classic of Spiritual Literature, which has often been mistaken for the work of Walter Hilton and St. Bonaventure. After a lengthy and exhaustive investigation, scholars... More > have rightly given it credit to its true writer. Within these pages, James addresses the afflictions which always prick us forward, making us to run both faster and farther, and causing us to ascend up to steep and high hills, and to contemplate heavenly things. He cites: These also certainly teach us how to be compassionate of others, and our fellow-members that suffer. How shall I be compassionate towards my neighbor’s sufferings, injuries, wrongs, and losses that I never felt the same myself? Thus the Apostle says: For we do not have a High Priest that cannot be compassionate of our infirmities, and the reason is because He experienced the same in His own body as the Apostle intimates in this place. Now if we do not, in this life have compassion for others, how do we think to reign with Him in the next?< Less
Intro to the Mystical Life By Abbot P. Lejeune
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IN order to avoid a misunderstanding to which the very title of this work might lead, it cannot be too forcibly stated that the Mystical Life is not with any infallible certainty the outcome of our... More > own personal effort, however rightly that effort may have been made. Let us suppose that a soul has realized all the proper conditions of recollection and generosity which we are about to describe, is it certain that the Mystical Life will result from such effort, as effect from cause? Certainly not, we shall presently hear the greatest mystical writers themselves declare that this life is the gift of God a gift which He makes to whom He pleases, and when He pleases; we shall hear them affirm that it is absurd to suppose that we can ever hope to win this grace for ourselves by our personal industry.< Less
Church History By Philip Schaff Schaff
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Philip Schaff's History of the Christian Church excels at providing an impressive and instructive historical treatment of the Christian church. This is Volume Six covering from Boniface VIII, 1294... More > to the Protestant Reformation, 1517 This volumous work begins with the Early Church at its formative era. This volume and the first will comprise the major individual and their writings, which shall comprise the first five (5) volumes of the Ante-Nicene Series. Schaff's treatment is comprehensive and in depth, discussing all the major and minor figures, time periods, and movements of the Church. One feature of the “History of the Christian Church”, which readers will immediately notice is just how beautifully written it is, in particular when comparing other texts of a similar nature. Simply put, Schaff's prose is lively and engaging. Quite often, these works can be grueling and drudgery, yet this effort have been able to make it "history written with heart and soul."< Less
Selected Works Volume Three By Alfred Edersheim
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The history of Israel as a nation may be said to commence with their entrance into their own land. Israel was born as a people to the overthrow of Sihon and of Og, the last who would have barred... More > Israel's way to their home had been only preparatory. During wanderings the strong hand of Jehovah had welded the people together. Israel was to become the Kingdom of God, which was destined to grow. These principles are the special relationship of Israel towards Jehovah, and Jehovah's special dealings towards them. The history of the wilderness period had, indeed, been shaped by this two-fold relationship, but its consequences appeared more clearly under Joshua. More importantly he explains the parallel of the Book of Ruth to the New Testament as no other. Within this rare work, “Canaan as Divided Between the Tribes”, A. Edersheim is able to articulate, with such insight, the inner working principles and design of God’s intent with the Israelites and presents us Christians with a pattern to recognize and adhere to.< Less