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Christian Perfection and Contemplation: According to St. Thomas Aquinas and St. John of the Cross [Paperback]

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Shows that contemplative prayer is not an extraordinary phenomenon intended for the few, but rather a state to which God wishes to raise all souls who are receptive. Really clarifies this issue!

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Christian Perfection and Contemplation expounds the Church's traditional teaching on that full flowering of Sanctifying Grace in the soul which is known as the "mystical life." Contrary to some "modern" authors, Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange explains from Scripture, St. Thomas Aquinas and other Saints that the mystical life is not something extraordinary, like prophecy and miracles, but something to which God wants to raise all souls so that they may reach Christian perfection, which is the fullness of charity and the perfect development of Sanctifying Grace that was received at Baptism. This is an entire treatise on the operation of grace in the spiritual life that clearly and skillfully explains the great principles of the spiritual life according to St. Thomas and other sterling Catholic sources. Here the author shows us that the mystical life is "true life" and simply the flowering of the Sanctifying Grace, and the beginning of eternal life.

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Studio: TAN Books and Publishers
Pages   470
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.48" Height: 1.31"
Weight:   1.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2010
Publisher   Tan Books & Publishers
ISBN  0895557584  
ISBN13  9780895557582  

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More About O. P. Fr Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., was born in 1877 and is held as one of the greatest Catholic theologians of the twentieth century. He focused his writings against the error of Modernism, which denied the objective truth of Divine revelation, as well as on apologetics, including philosophy. In total, he authored over five hundred books and articles, and wrote as a thorough Thomist. Among Father Garrigou-Lagrange s numerous works are The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Christian Perfection and Contemplation, Christ the Savior, and God, His Existence and Nature. He died in 1964.

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Words can not describe the amazingness of this book.  Oct 28, 2008
This book has changed my life forever. I can not say enough about this book. Every single page is packed with information that can be meditated upon at great lengths.

The book goes through the classical three stages of the ascetical and mystical life. It shows that the way of perfection is not just for the cloistered or religious, but for everyone. This thinking helped pave the way for Vatcan II's "universal call to holiness." One very important point (among hundreds) that the author makes is that we WILL be purged of our sins, whether it's in this life or in purgatory. However, our sufferings in purgatory do not merit. But they DO merit if we go through those sufferings here on earth. This consists of the passive purification of the senses, the dark night, etc. It is actually the NORMAL way. We are not "meant" to go through purgatory; we are meant to be purified and attain union with God here in this life. Yet very, very few people do.

This stuff is just so fascinating, and gives such practical advice. It brings this whole complicated issue to the level of the laymen and encourages him that he can attain the spirituality of the greats. Like I said above, this book has changed my life forever. I will continue to read Fr Garrigou-Lagrange, as well as St. John of the Cross, Aquinas, and all the great spiritual writers in order to learn more about this wonderful Catholic tradition we have. Eckhart Tolle and other New Age spirituality have nothing on what we Catholics have had for hundreds of years. It's time we start living and learning the deep spiritual aspects of our faith.

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