Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Principles and Practices - September 2

Ways for All

A devout soul drawn to contemplation in a secular state should consider herself bound, though not so strictly as a religious, to practise these essential duties:
(1) to have a strong resolution to pursue the ways tending to contemplation;

(2) to take care to observe and obey inspirations, and dispose herself so as to perceive them more and more clearly;

(3) to practise the internal and external mortifications sent her by God or which belong to her state;

(4) to pursue internal prayer in its various degrees accord­ing to the guidance of God's Holy Spirit.
In these duties there is little or no difference between a lay person and a religious.

From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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