This work begins: "There are two spheres of knowledge in which every one who is endeavouring after any growth in the spiritual life must be making some advance. The knowledge of God and the knowledge of self. We can all readily perceive the necessity of growth in the knowledge of God as essential to any development of the spiritual life. The connection is obvious. "This," said our Lord, " is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent." A certain moral sympathy is ...
This work begins: "There are two spheres of knowledge in which every one who is endeavouring after any growth in the spiritual life must be making some advance. The knowledge of God and the knowledge of self. We can all readily perceive the necessity of growth in the knowledge of God as essential to any development of the spiritual life. The connection is obvious. "This," said our Lord, " is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent." A certain moral sympathy is absolutely necessary as a condition of friendship, and holiness consists in friendship with God. If we would be in any sense the friends of God, we must have at least that desire for holiness without which such friendship would be impossible, the growth in the knowledge of God is the deepening of this friendship. " If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth."" And let us consider self-discipline: "Whatever we may be able to learn from the study of Nature, whether of art or science, all that we know of good and evil, and of the great moral struggle, we know through our own nature alone. So imbued are our minds with moral ideas that we seem to see them reflected in the world of Nature, but it is only that extraordinary responsiveness with which she always meets man. It is a strange thing when we come to analyse it, that so much light and shade, so many lines and curves, so much inanimate matter, should be able in such an extraordinary way to reflect the mind of man, that we even transfer to it our own moral ideas and struggles. Who has not felt that not only can the skies and the earth and the winds rejoice with us in our joys and sorrow with our sorrows, but that they echo our stormy passions, and reflect our wrath and rebellion and cruelty, and melt with us into tears of penitence and sing with us our Te Deums." Here is a salient point: "Self-knowledge apart from God can indeed only lead to despair. For he who has sunk to earth knows well he can find no lever on ear.h or within himself to raise him. How can he? How can anything within himself raise him above himself? How can anything on earth raise him above the earth? Like the piece of silver, in the Parable, that has fallen to the earth, he needs the Hand of Another to raise him."
Good. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that'll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included.
Used; Good. No Jacket. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding front hinge is cracked but pages are secure. Cover is worn and sunned. No DJ.................'Formerly one of the Cowley Fathers of the Anglican Church, Father Maturin (15 February, 1847-7 May, 1915) converted to the Roman Catholic Church in 1898. In 1913 he was appointed the Catholic chaplain to the University of Oxford. If the date of his death looks familiar to students of history, it's not a coincidence: he was one of the 1, 198 passengers that went down with the Lusitania when it was sunk by a German U-boat. He was returning home after a preaching tour of the U.S.........Self-Knowledge and Self-Discipline is one of those 'big' little books you come across once in a great while; it's a lost gem of spirituality and self-help from a time when most people still recognized that self-help implicitly included Divine-help. Maturin writes with that unmistakable, inspiring insight and style of other great British authors like G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis.........In his discussion about the thoughts that we choose to give governance to our minds, Maturin describes them as 'secret and unseen companions of the soul, intangible and volatile...[they] affect our whole view of men and things around us...these phantom forms that rise out of the darkness and return to it again, colourless, impalpable, ethereal, that speak in inarticulate whispers and touch us with ghostly hands, they are more real to us than the solid earth and the strong mountains.'........The book is organized on the following topics: 1. ) Self-Knowledge--2. ) The Principle of Self-Discipline--3. ) The Seat of the Conflict--4. ) The Discipline of the Will--5. ) The Discipline of the Mind--6. ) The Discipline of the Affections--7. ) The Discipline of the Body--8. ) Mortification and the Supernatural Life--9. ) The Law A Preparation for the Revelation of Love........The chapter 'The Seat of Conflict' sets up the central thesis of this work, which is essentially a meditation on Romans 7, St. Paul's great self-analysis of his own inner conflict and the 'tortuous workings of our nature. ' Maturin's teaching is scriptural, magisterial, spiritual and practical. This is one of the best-and most useful-Catholic writings of the 20th century. '--John.
Good. No dust jacket. Ex-library. 301 p. Typical library markings; otherwise, a clean and unmarked copy. From a monastic library (Blue Cloud Abbey). Pages crisp and clean. Boards solid, with only modest scuffing. Small spot of adhesive residue on spine above library call number. Imprinting on front and spine clear. Binding good.
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