"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "

St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "

Thomas á Kempis

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"The name of Jesus, pronounced with reverence and affection, has a kind of power to soften the heart. "

St Philip Neri

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



by Blessed Henry Suso


A Foreword
Translator's Note
Author's Preface


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
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


  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