"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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"It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides. "

Thomas á Kempis

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"

St Augustine

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Venerable Louis of Granada, OP  (1504-1588)

 

THE SINNER'S GUIDE

By Venerable Louis of Granada, OP

CONTENTS
 

Imprimatur and Apostolic Brief of Pope Gregory XIII
 

Motives for Practising Virtue
 

1. The First Motive which obliges us to practice Virtue and to serve God: His Being in itself, and the excellence of His Perfections
 
2. The Second Motive which obliges us to practice Virtue and to serve God: Gratitude for our Creation
 
3. The Third Motive which obliges us to serve God: Gratitude for our Preservation and for the Government of His Providence
 
4. The Fourth Motive which obliges us to practice Virtue:Gratitude for the Inestimable Benefit of our Redemption
 
5. The Fifth Motive which obliges us to practice Virtue: Gratitude for our Justification
 
6. The Sixth Motive which obliges us to practice Virtue: Gratitude for the Incomprehensible Benefit of Election
 
7. The Seventh Motive for practicing Virtue: The Thought of Death, the First of the Four Last Things
 
8. The Eighth Motive for practicing Virtue: The Thought of the Last Judgment, the Second of the Four Last Things
 
9. The Ninth Motive for practicing Virtue: The Thought of Heaven, the Third of the Four Last Things
 
10. The Tenth Motive for practicing Virtue: The Thought of Hell, the Fourth of the Four Last Things
 
11. The Eleventh Motive for practicing Virtue: The Inestimable Advantages promised it even in this Life
 
The Privileges of Virtue
 
12. The First Privilege of Virtue: God's fatherly Care of the Just
 
13. The Second Privilege of Virtue: The Grace with which the Holy Spirit fills Devout Souls
 
14. The Third Privilege of Virtue: The Supernatural Light and Knowledge granted to Virtuous Souls
 
15. The Fourth Privilege of Virtue: The Consolations with which the Holy Spirit visits the Just
 
16. The Fifth Privilege of Virtue: The Peace of a Good Conscience
 
17. The Sixth Privilege of Virtue: The Confidence of the Just
 
18. The Seventh Privilege of Virtue: The True Liberty Of the Just
 
19. The Eighth Privilege of Virtue: The Peace enjoyed by the Just
 
20. The Ninth Privilege of Virtue: The Manner in which God hears the Prayers of the Just
 
21. The Tenth Privilege of Virtue: The Consolation and Assistance with which God sustains the Just in their Afflictions
 
22. The Eleventh Privilege of Virtue: God's Care for the Temporal Needs of the Just
 
23. The Twelfth Privilege of Virtue: The Happy Death of the Just
 
24. The Folly of those who Defer their Conversion
 
25. Of those who Defer their Conversion until the Hour of Death
 
26. Of those who Continue in Sin, trusting in the Mercy of God
 
27. Of those who allege that the Path of Virtue is too Difficult
 
28. Of those who refuse to practice Virtue because they love the World
 
29. The First Remedy against Sin: A Firm Resolution not to commit it
 
30. Remedies against Pride
31. Remedies against Covetousness
32. Remedies against Lust
 
33. Remedies against Envy
 
34. Remedies against Gluttony
 
35. Remedies against Anger and Hatred
 
36. Remedies against Sloth
 
37. Other Sins to be avoided
 
38. Venial Sins
 
39. Shorter Remedies against Sins, particularly the Seven Deadly Sins
 
40. The Three Kinds of Virtues in which the Fullness of Justice Consists; and first, Man's Duty to Himself
41. Man's Duty to his Neighbor
 
42. Man's Duty to God
43. The Obligations of our State
 
44. The Relative Importance and Values of the Virtues
 
45. Four Important Corollaries of the preceding Doctrine
46. The Different Vocations in the Church
 
47. The Vigilance and Care necessary in the Practice of Virtue
 
48. The Courage necessary in the Practice of Virtue