Of the four degrees of love, and of the blessed state of the heavenly fatherland

Chapter 15 Of the four degrees of love, and of the blessed state of the heavenly fatherland Nevertheless, since we are carnal and are born of the lust of the flesh, it must be that our desire and our love shall have its beginning in the flesh. But rightly guided by the grace of God […]

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Of the attainment of this perfection of love only at the resurrection

Chapter 11 Of the attainment of this perfection of love only at the resurrection What of the souls already released from their bodies? We believe that they are overwhelmed in that vast sea of eternal light and of luminous eternity. But no one denies that they still hope and desire to receive their bodies again: […]

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Of the first degree of love: wherein man loves God for self’s sake

Chapter 8 Of the first degree of love: wherein man loves God for self’s sake Love is one of the four natural affections, which it is needless to name since everyone knows them. And because love is natural, it is only right to love the Author of nature first of all. Hence comes the first […]

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Of those who find comfort in the recollection of God, or are fittest for His love

Chapter 4 Of those who find comfort in the recollection of God, or are fittest for His love But it will be well to note what class of people takes comfort in the thought of God. Surely not that perverse and crooked generation to whom it was said, ‘Woe unto you that are rich; for […]

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Of the fourth degree of love: wherein man does not even love self save for God’s sake

Chapter 10 Of the fourth degree of love: wherein man does not even love self save for God’s sake How blessed is he who reaches the fourth degree of love, wherein one loves himself only in God! Thy righteousness standeth like the strong mountains, O God. Such love as this is God’s hill, in the […]

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What greater incentives Christians have, more than the heathen, to love God

Chapter 3 What greater incentives Christians have, more than the heathen, to love God The faithful know how much need they have of Jesus and Him crucified; but though they wonder and rejoice at the ineffable love made manifest in Him, they are not daunted at having no more than their own poor souls to […]

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