"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "

Thomas á Kempis

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."

St Augustine

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."

St Philip Neri

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Blessed Henry Suso (1295 - 1366) Dominican and German mystic

 

A LITTLE BOOK OF ETERNAL WISDOM

by Blessed Henry Suso

CONTENTS

A Foreword
Translator's Note
Author's Preface


THE FIRST PART

1. How Some Persons Are Unconsciously Attracted by God
2. What happened before the Crucifixion
3. How It Was With Him on The Cross According to The Exterior Man
4. How Very Faithful His Passion Was
5. How The Soul Attains Hearty Repentance and Gently Pardon Under the Cross
6. How Deceitful The Love of This World is, And How Amiable God Is
7. How Lovely God Is
8. An Explanation of Three Things Which Most of All Might Be Likely To Be Repugnant To A Loving Heart In God. One Is, How He Can Appear So Wrathful And Yet Be So Gracious
9. The Second Thing.--Why God, After Rejoicing The Heart, Often Withdraws Himself From His Friends, By Which His True Presence is Made Known
10. The Third Thing.--Why God Permits His Friends To Suffer So Much Temporal Suffering
11. On The Everlasting Pains of Hell
12. On The Immeasurable Joys of Heaven
13. On The Immeasurable Dignity of Temporal Suffering
14. On The Unspeakable Advantages to Be Derived From Meditating on The Divine Passion
15. From The Fond Caresses Which The Soul Has With God Beneath The Cross, She Returns Again To His Passion
16. On The Worthy Praise of The Pure Queen of Heaven
17. On The Unutterable Heart-Rending Grief of The Pure Queen of Heaven
18. How It Was With Him At That Hour in Regard of His Interior Man
19. On The Taking Down From the Cross
20. On The Lamentable Separation of the Grave
 
THE SECOND PART
21. How We Should Learn to Die, And of The Nature of An Unprovided Death
22. How One Should Live An Interior and Godly Life
23. How We Ought Lovingly To Receive God
24. A Prayer To Be Said When Thou Goest To Receive Our Lord's Holy Body
25. How We Should At All Times Praise God
 

THE THIRD PART

  On Sunday, or at Matins
  On Monday, or at Prime
  On Tuesday, or at Tierce
  On Wednesday, or at Sext
  On Thursday, or at None
  On Friday, or at Vespers
  On Saturday, or at Compline