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The Spiritual Life: A Treatise On Ascetical And Mystical Theology [Paperback]

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Pages   771
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.65"
Weight:   2.06 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2001
Publisher   Tan Books & Publishers
ISBN  0895556596  
EAN  9780895556592  

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The Spiritual Life is undoubtedly the finest, most comprehensive and best respected one volume treatise on the spiritual life ever written. Clear, thorough, easy to read, orthodox, authoritative, beautifully organized, logically developed, lively and practical, the book covers the whole field of spirituality. Based on Sacred Scripture, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, especially St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as other great Saints and spiritual writers of all ages.

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Written primarily for priests and seminarians, but also for religious and the laity who "are seeking to live a thoroughly Christian life." Here is a book that answers virtually every question about the spiritual life, that can easily be used as a textbook, a devotional treatise for spiritual reading, or a handy source book for researching specific subjects.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The Rev. Father Adolphe Tanquerey, S.S. and D.D., was born in 1854 at Blainville, France. At the age of eighteen, he became a seminarian and joined the Society of St. Sulpice, harboring a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Christ and the Blessed Mother. In 1878 he was ordained a priest, and thereafter began a career of teaching, which he had a clear gift for. His famous theological works include the three-volume Synopsis Theologiae Dogmaticae and comprehensive The Spiritual Life, the latter of which was published circa 1930 by Desclee and Company, Tournai, with the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. Father Tanquerey died on the twenty-first of February, 1932.

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Spiritual Life  May 17, 2008
This used to be thee text for seminarians before Vatican II. It is the best assembly of information relative to the spiritual life one can imagine. Do I wish that it was returned to the seminaries and colleges of our Catholic heritage.

There are virtually no unchartered waters in this book relative to the spiritual life. Grab it, read it and apply it and you will see for yourself the treasure you have in your hands.
One of the best Spiritual guides ever written  Oct 9, 2007
This book is a compilation of saintly progress that is unmatched
in variety and summation of the spiritual life. Anyone who reads
this book with an open heart will be changed for life.
Fantastic Reference  Oct 7, 2006
A Catholic priest recommended The Spiritual Life to me. The book is both a great guide to Christian Mysticism, and to the Catholic faith. The descriptions of the spiritual journeys of various saints described in the book are fascinating.
A must have  Feb 23, 2004
This book is simply a must have for the spiritual life. It is long but it is definately worth the read.

One reason this book is set above others is that it goes through all the doctrinal and dogmatic foundations of the spiritual life giving us the reasons why we should serve and love God. The author says himself that he doesn't think a work on the spiritual life should omit a review of what exactly God has done for us. Also placing himself on solid dogmatic grounds the author avoids falling into subjectivism or a undue focus on ourself. This is the first (and shortest) part of the book.

Secondly the author goes in depth to the three ways. That is, the purgative, the illuminative, and the unitive. He thoroughly treats all of them so you can get plenty of help in the one that you may happen to be in, but you will also learn to look forward to what may come. It is, of course, important to know what you are working towards in addition to knowing what to do in your present state.

The author treats just about everything imaginable in the spiritual life. He treats the gifts of the Holy Ghost, meditation, contemplation, perfection, interior graces, mystical phenomena, trials, the "dark nights", beginning the SL, advancing in virtue, Communion/confession, combatting the passions, growing in charity, and many other things.

The author bases his teaching mainly on Scripture, Saint Thomas, the so-called "french school" (Olier,Berulle,Eudes, etc,), Saint Theresa and Saint John of the Cross, and Saint Francis de Sales. Although he does quote many others and has a very wide knowledge of spiritual authors.

The author also maintains the traditional teaching on the spiritual life: that love of God is perfection. The modern era has made achieving various "mental states" as perfection. This is of course very wrong. This book will help you to grow in love for God. Whether you acieve any extraordinary gifts is God's decision. God's free gifts cannot be attained by any "technique".

Finally I would recommend this book because it not only only inflames your will with a desire to love God and serve Him as some books do, it also give real concrete steps to achieve this. God Bless.


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