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Manual for Interior Souls

ByFather Grou

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The word devotion, which is derived from the Latin, answers to that of devotedness, a vowing of one­self, a consecration of one's self. A devout person is, then, a person devoted to God, consecrated to God. There is no stronger expression than that of devotion to mark that disposition of the soul which is ready to do everything and to suffer everything for Him to whom she is devoted. Devotion is some­thing most interior, and which has to do with the inmost life of the soul, for it affects that within us which is most spiritual; that is to say, our understanding and our will. Devotion consists, then, neither in reasoning, nor in imagination, nor in anything that is sensible. We are not devout just because we are able to reason well about the things of God, nor because we have grand ideas or fine imaginations about spiritual matters, nor because we are some­times affected to tears. The principle of devotion is, that God being the one source and the one author of holiness, the reasonable creature ought to depend on Him in every­thing, and be absolutely governed by the Spirit of God. She must be always attached to God in the depths of her soul, always attentive to His voice within her, always faithful to accomplish what He asks of her each moment. It is, then, impossible to be truly devout unless we are interior, given to recollection, accustomed to retire within ourselves, or rather never to go out of our­selves, to possess our soul in peace.


Publication Date
Jun 18, 2021
Religion & Spirituality
No Known Copyright (Public Domain)
By (author): Father Grou


Interior Color
Black & White
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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