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CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • THE ADORNMENT

    OF THE SPIRITUAL MARRIAGE

    THE FIRST BOOK

  • Prologue
  • I. Of the Active Life
  • II. Showing how we shall consider the Coming of Christ in Three Ways
  • III. Of Humility
  • IV. Of Charity
  • V. Of Patient Endurance
  • VI. Of the Second Coming of Christ
  • VII. Of the Blessed Sacraments
  • VIII. Of the Third Coming of Christ
  • IX. Showing what Christ will do in the Day of Doom
  • X. Of the Five Kinds of Men who shall appear at the Judgment
  • XI. Of a Spiritual Going Out with all Virtues
  • XII. How Humility is the Foundation of all other Virtues
  • XIII. Of Obedience
  • XIV. Of the Renunciation of Self-Will
  • XV. Of Patience
  • XVI. Of Meekness
  • XVII. Of Kindliness
  • XVIII. Of Compassion
  • XIX. Of Generosity
  • XX. Of Zeal and Diligence
  • XXI. Of Temperance and Sobriety
  • XXII. Of Purity
  • XXIII. Of Three Enemies to be overcome by Righteousness
  • XXIV. Of the Kingdom of the Soul
  • XXV. Of a Spiritual Meeting of God and Ourselves
  • XXVI. Of the desire to know the Bridegroom in His Nature
  • THE SECOND BOOK

  • Prologue
  • I. How we achieve Supernatural Sight in our Inward Workings
  • II. Of a Three-fold Unity which is in us by Nature
  • III. Of the Inflow of the Grace of God into our Spirit
  • IV. Showing how we should found our Inward Life on a Freedom from Images
  • V. Of a Three-fold Coming of our Lord in the Inward Man
  • VI. Of the Second Coming of our Lord in the Inward Man
  • VII. Of the Third Coming of our Lord
  • VIII. How the First Coming has Four Degrees
  • IX. Of Unity of Heart
  • X. Of Inwardness
  • XI. Of Sensible Love
  • XII. Of Devotion
  • XIII. Of Gratitude
  • XIV. Of Two Griefs which arise from Inward Gratitude
  • XV. A Similitude how we should perform the First Degree of our Inward Exercise
  • XVI. Another Similitude concerning the same Exercise
  • XVII. Of the Second Degree of our Inward Exercise, which increases Inwardness by Humility
  • XVIII. Of the Pure Delight of the Heart and the Sensible Powers
  • XIX. Of Spiritual Inebriation
  • XX. What may hinder a Man in this Inebriation
  • XXI. A Similitude how a Man should act and bear himself in this case
  • XXII. Of the Third Degree of the Spiritual Coming of Christ
  • XXIII. Of the Pain and Restlessness of Love
  • XXIV. Of Ecstacies and Divine Revelations
  • XXV. An Example showing how one is hindered in this Exercise
  • XXVI. Another Example
  • XXVII. A Parable of the Ant
  • XXVIII. Of the Fourth Degree of the Coming of Christ
  • XXIX. Showing what the Forsaken Man should do
  • XXX. A Parable: How one may be hindered in this Fourth Degree
  • XXXI. Of another Hindrance
  • XXXII. Of Four Kinds of Fever wherewith a Man may be Tormented
  • XXXIII. Showing how these Four Degrees in their Perfection are Found in Christ
  • XXXIV. Showing how a Man should Live if he would be Enlightened
  • XXXV. Of the Second Coming of Christ, or, the Fountain with Three Rills
  • XXXVI. The First Rill adorns the Memory
  • XXXVII. The Second Rill enlightens the Understanding
  • XXXVIII. The Third Rill establishes the Will to every Perfection
  • XXXIX. Showing how the Established Man shall go out in Four Ways
  • XL. He shall go out towards God and towards all Saints
  • XLI. He shall go out towards all Sinners
  • XLII. He shall go out towards his Friends in Purgatory
  • XLIII. He shall go out towards himself and towards all Good Men
  • XLIV. Showing how we may recognise those Men who fail in Charity to all
  • XLV. How Christ was, is, and ever will be the Lover of all
  • XLVI. Reproving all those who live on Spiritual Goods in an Inordinate Manner
  • XLVII. Showing how Christ has given Himself to all in common in the Sacrament of the Altar
  • XLVIII. Of the Unity of the Divine Nature in the Trinity of the Persons
  • XLIX. Showing how God possesses and moves the Soul both in a Natural and a Supernatural way
  • L. Showing how a Man should be adorned if he is to receive the most Inward Exercise
  • LI. Of the Third Coming of Christ
  • LII. Showing how the Spirit goes out through the Divine Stirring
  • LIII. Of an Eternal Hunger for God
  • LIV. Of a Loving Strife between the Spirit of God and our Spirit
  • LV. Of the Fruitful Works of the Spirit, the which are Eternal
  • LVI. Showing the way in which we shall meet God in a Ghostly Manner both with and without Means
  • LVII. Of the Essential Meeting with God without Means in the Nakedness of our Nature
  • LVIII. Showing how one is like unto God through Grace and unlike unto God through Mortal Sin
  • LIX. Showing how one possesses God in Union and Rest, above all likeness through Grace
  • LX. Showing how we have need of the Grace of God, which makes us like unto God and leads us to God without Means
  • LXI. Of how God and our Spirit visit each other in the Unity and in the Likeness
  • LXII. Showing how we should go out to meet God in all our Works
  • LXIII. Of the ordering of all the Virtues through the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost
  • LXIV. Of the Highest Degree of the most Interior Life
  • LXV. Of Three Kinds of most Inward Practices
  • LXVI. Showing how some Men live contrary to these Exercises
  • LXVII. Of another kind of Perverted Men
  • THE THIRD BOOK

  • I. Showing the Three Ways by which one enters into the God-Seeing Life
  • II. How the Eternal Birth of God is renewed without interruption in the nobility of the Spirit
  • III. How our Spirit is called to go out in Contemplation and Fruition
  • IV. Of a Divine Meeting which takes place in the Hiddenness of our Spirit
  • THE SPARKLING STONE

  • Prologue
  • I. Through Three Things a Man becomes Good
  • II. Through Three Things a Man becomes Inward
  • III Through Three Things a Man becomes God-Seeing
  • IV. Of the Sparkling Stone, and of the New Name written in the Book of the Secrets of God
  • V. Of the works which God works in all in common, and of Five Kinds of Sinners
  • VI. Of the difference between the Hirelings and the Faithful Servants of God
  • VII. Of the difference between the Faithful Servants and the Secret Friends of God
  • VIII. Of the difference between the Secret Friends and the Hidden Sons of God
  • IX. How we may become Hidden Sons of God, and attain to the God-Seeing Life
  • X. How we, though One with God, must eternally remain Other than God
  • XI. Of the great difference between the Brightness of the Saints and the Highest Brightness to which we can attain in this Life
  • XII. Of the Transfiguration of Christ on Mount Thabor
  • XIII. How we ought to have Fruition of God
  • XIV. Of that Common Life which comes from the Contemplation and Fruition of God
  • THE BOOK OF SUPREME TRUTH

  • Prologue
  • I. Wherefore this Book was Written
  • II. A short repetition of all the Highest Teachings written by the Author
  • III. Of the Union through Means
  • IV. Of the Men who practise a False Vacancy
  • V. Of the Union without Means
  • VI. Of Heavenly Weal and Hellish Woe
  • VII. Showing wherefore all Good Men do not attain to the Unmediated Union with God
  • VIII. Showing how the Inward Man should exercise himself, that he may be united with God without Means
  • IX. Of the Inward Working of God’s Grace
  • X. Of the Mutual Contentment of the Divine Persons, and the Mutual Contentment between God and Good Men
  • XI. How Good Men in their Contemplation have the Love of God before them, and how they are lifted up into God
  • XII. Of the Highest Union, without Difference or Distinction
  • XIII. Of the Three-fold Prayer of Christ, that we might be one with God
  • XIV. Here the Author declares that he submits all that he has written to the judgment of Holy Church
  • Notes
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