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Vera Sapentia or True Wisdom

Published September 30, 2003 by St Athanasius Press in Potosi, WI 53820 USA .
Written in English.

About the Book

Thomas A Kempis is well known for the Imitation/Following of Christ, the second best selling book of all time after the Holy Bible. His rich spiritual writings have been read by Catholics since the book was first written in 1418. What most readers don't know is that Thomas A Kempis wrote 27 books in all and most have been out of print for 100+ years.
St Athanasius Press has spent the last 2 years searching for these rare spiritual classics in order to bring them back into print so today's Catholics can benefit from the spiritual richness found in Thomas A Kempis' books. The first such book is Vera Sapientia or True Wisdom. Softcover. 220 pages. In English.

This unedited edition was translated from the Latin by the Right Rev Mgr Byrne D.D., V.G.and originally published exactly 100 years ago. Written in a similar style as the Imitation of Christ it is sure to become a widely read book in a generation that has all but lost its real sense of true wisdom and spirituality.

First Sentence

I. THIS is the voice of Christ to every devout soul.

Table of Contents

Book I That Virtue Has to Carry on War with Vice
1 Three Different Modes of Human Life
2 The Severe Judgement of God
3 That we should be Sorry and Weep for our Sins
4 Lamentation over Time and Negligence
5 The Prayer of a Humble and Contrite Spirit
6 Compunction of Heart, or the Griefs and Sighs of a Penitent Soul
7 The Devout Prayer of a Sinner turning to God, and imploring Mercy
8 Watchfulness and Prayer are to be employed in Temptations
9 An encouragement to Spiritual Advancement
10 A Determined Fight is to be carried on against Vice, after the Example of the Saints
11 That Conscience is to be Guarded at all Times and in every Place
12 On Solitude and Silence
13 How the Faithful Mind is Affected by Various Temptations by which it is assailed or to which it is now Subject
14 The Preceding Subject is Continued
15 Confidence in Divine Mercy
Book II What Things Can Be Truly And Justly Called Good And Bad
1 The Shortness and Miseries of the Present Life
2 The Preceding Subject Continued
3 Sighing for Eternal Life
4 The Eternal Praise of God, Divine Love, and Desire of Eternal Glory
5 Divine Hope
6 Christ in the Life of Him who has Died to the World
7 Withdrawing from Creatures
8 Contempt for all Earthly Consolation
9 That great Sweetness and Consolation are found in God
10 Seeking the Only and Best Good
11 True Peace is to be sought in God Alone
12 The Desire of Divine Enjoyment
13 The Sighing of a Soul on account of the Delay of Glory
14 The Remembrance of the Heavenly Country
Book III The Miseries Which The Good Endure In This World
1 The Devout are Tried by Contrary Things
2 The Elect are Proved in Many Ways
3 God is to be Praised in the Absence of Devotion
4 The True Lover of God
5 The Soul should be Grateful for every gift
6 The Conformity of a Devout Soul with its Crucified Lord
7 God is the Helper and Refuge of the Poor
8 Lazarus Poor and Infirm
9 The Union of the Soul with God in the Various Crises of Life
10 The Beloved giving the Reason of His Withdrawing
11 The Same Subject Continued
12 Praise of Religious Poverty
13 The Commendation of Poverty from the Example of Christ and His Saints
14 The Connection and Relationship of Poverty with Humility
15 The Consolation of Poverty
16 The Necessity of Patience in the midst of the Miseries of Life
17 The Consolation of the Afflicted and Sorrowful in Trouble
18 Patience is Recommended from the Words and Example of Christ and of the Patriarchs
19 Patience is to be principally Exercised in the Mortification of our own Wills
20 Patience is taught by the Example of the Prophets and Martyrs
21 Patience is Recommended from the Consideration of its Usefulness, of its Shortness, and of its Eternal Reward
22 Divine Consolation in Suffering for Christ
23 The Consideration of the Most Pious Mother the Virgin Mary
Book IV Of The Virtues Of A Truly Christian Man
1 On Stability
2 A Right Intention is to be Directed to God
3 Prudent Speech and Brotherly Compassion
4 The Great Merit of Patience for Christ
5 The Remembrance of the Passion of the Lord in Opposition to Dissipation
6 The Invocation of the Holy Name of Jesus and of the Blessed Virgin Mary His Mother
7 On Humility
8 The Conduct and Actions of the Truly Humble, and also the Qualities of the Proud
9 On the clear Intelligence of the Holy Scriptures
10 In Praise of the Holy Angels
11 The Prayer of the Devout Lover and Praiser of God
12 The Union of Heart to be Maintained with God
13 The Walking of a Pure Soul with God
14 On Peace of Heart and Rest in God
15 On the Recollection of the Heart with God
16 On Companionship with Jesus and His Saints
17 Our Complete Happiness and Last End are to be Placed in God Alone
18 The Approach to the Holy of Holies, Jesus Christ, the King of Angels
19 The Approach to Salute the Glorious Virgin
20 That Thanks are to be Given for all Benefits

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8.5 ounces

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