"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."

St Nicholas Flue

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"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "

Thomas á Kempis

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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