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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1881. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PREFACE. The name of " Spiritual Exercises" indicates that the faithful who come to the school of St. Ignatius to make a retreat are called upon to use the faculties of their understanding and their heart. They come to act for themselves, not to see another act; in acting they come to exert themselves, not to give themselves up to barren contemplation; they come to exercise, not their body and its organs, but their soul and its chief powers--the understanding and the will. The object of this undertaking, altogether interior and practical as it is, is clearly pointed out by the title even of the book.* Nothing vague, idle, or purely speculative, is to occupy man in the retreat. He comes to learn to conquer himself; to free himself from evil passions; to reform the disorder, great or little, of his past life, and to regulate it for the future by a plan conformable to the Divine will. Can man, during his short sojourn on earth,--become, too, by baptism a Christian the disciple and subject of Jesus Christ,--can he propose to himself an end more noble, more holy, more glorifying to his Creator? To attain so high an end, many obstacles must be overcome, and many means made use of. Solitude; silence; cessation of ordinary business and study; all reading foreign to the Exercises; the setting aside of all · M Spiritual Exercises; chosen with a yiew to lead Man to conquer himself, to disengage himself from the fatal influence of evil affections, and, with Lift heart thus set free, to trace out for himself the plan of a truly Christian life.'* preoccupation as to the future, and all thoughts (although pious) which are not in harmony with the work of each day; recollection of the senses; restraint of the eyes, and the obscurity which favours it; confession of sins, wh...
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