The Graces of Interior Prayer by Fr. Augustin Poulain SJThe Graces of Interior Prayer by Fr. Augustin Poulain SJ

The Graces of Interior Prayer

byFr. Augustin Poulain SJ

Paperback | June 3, 2016

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The Journey of Prayer

The classic manual on prayer, mysticism, and spiritual direction, this edition has been retypeset and reprinted. It is a roadmap of the signs and stages of contemplative prayer. How do I know if I am progressing in prayer? How should I conduct myself in each stage? What difficulties and trials may I encounter along the way? What are the experiences of the mystic saints, and the principles outlined by theologians throughout Church history? These questions, and many others, the Jesuit Father Augustin Poulain addresses in this edifying book, The Graces of Interior Prayer.

First published in 1901 and given an approbation by Pope St. Pius X, it was reprinted by popular demand in many subsequent editions and languages. Fr. Poulain had a talent for making accessible to ordinary people, the delicate and often misunderstood subject of contemplative prayer. Systematically addressing the stages of growth in prayer, and filled with references and extracts from saints and theologians throughout the 2,000 year history of the Roman Catholic Church, it is an impressive, scholarly work.

Especially suited to inform and help spiritual directors with discernment in guiding souls along the path to full union with God, it delineates and distinguishes between many of the experiences that at one point may be confused for those of another point; and between those that are genuine with those that are imagination, fantasy, or diabolical illusion.

This book can be a source of clarity and consolation for many who cannot see the path before them.

Fr. Augustin Poulain, SJ (1836-1919) Reverend Père Augustin Francois Poulain was born at Cherbourg, France, on December 15, 1836. After pursuing higher studies in philosophy and science, in 1858 he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Angers. He made his final vows at the École Sainte-Geneviève in 1877. Jesuits receive many years of hig...
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Title:The Graces of Interior PrayerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:708 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.55 inPublished:June 3, 2016Publisher:Caritas PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1945275014

ISBN - 13:9781945275012

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Table of Contents

APPROBATION OF HIS HOLINESS POPE PIUS XPREFACE TO THE ENGLISH TRANSLATIONAUTHOR'S PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITIONPART IMYSTICISM: SOME PRELIMINARY QUESTIONSCHAPTER I.-PRINCIPAL DEFINITIONSCH. II.-OF THE FOUR DEGREES OF ORDINARY PRAYER AND THE LAST TWO IN PARTICULAR: AFFECTIVE PRAYER AND THE PRAYER OF SIMPLICITYPART IISOME GENERAL IDEAS ABOUT THE MYSTIC UNIONCH. III.-THE VARIOUS KINDS OF MYSTICAL GRACES CH. IV.-HISTORICAL EXPLANATION OF THE WORD CONTEMPLATIONCH. V.-FIRST FUNDAMENTAL CHARACTER OF THE MYSTIC UNION: GOD'S PRESENCE FELTCH. VI.-SECOND FUNDAMENTAL CHARACTER OF THE MYSTIC UNION: THE INTERIOR POSSESSION OF GOD AND THE MANNER IN WHICH IT IS FELTCH. VII.-THE MYSTIC UNION: ITS TEN SUBSIDIARY CHARACTERS. DESCRIPTION OF THE FIRST: THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF PROCURING THIS STATE FOR OURSELVESCH. VIII.-THE FOURTH AND FIFTH CHARACTERS OF THE MYSTIC UNION: OBSCURITY, INCOMPREHENSIBILITY CH. IX.-THE SIXTH CHARACTER OF THE MYSTIC UNION (THE PART PLAYED BY IMAGES AND REASONING)CH. X.-SEVENTH AND EIGHTH CHARACTERS OF THE MYSTIC UNION: FLUCTUATIONS-LITTLE EFFORT CH. XI.-NINTH CHARACTER OF THE MYSTIC UNION: SENTIMENTS OF LOVE, ETC..CH. XII.-TENTH CHARACTER OF THE MYSTIC UNION: IMPULSION TOWARDS THE VIRTUESCH. XIII.-ELEVENTH CHARACTER OF THE MYSTIC UNION: THE INFLUENCE ON THE BODYCH. XIV.-TWELFTH CHARACTER OF THE MYSTIC UNION: THE LIGATUREPART IIIA STUDY OF EACH OF THE DEGREES OF THE MYSTIC UNION SEPARATELYCH. XV.-THE TWO NIGHTS OF THE SOUL. THE BORDERLAND OF THE MYSTIC STATECH. XVI.-FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING THE PRAYER OF QUIET (THE FIRST STAGE OF THE MYSTIC UNION)CH. XVII.-DETAILS REGARDING THE FULL UNION (THE SECOND STAGE OF THE MYSTIC UNION)CH. XVIII.-ECSTASY (THE THIRD STAGE OF THE MYSTIC UNION)CH. XIX.-THE SPIRITUAL MARRIAGE OR TRANSFORMING UNION (FOURTH AND LAST STAGE OF THE MYSTIC UNION) PART IVREVELATIONS AND VISIONSCH. XX.-ON REVELATIONS AND VISIONS (OF CREATED THINGS). DESCRIPTIVE PARTCH. XXI.-REVELATIONS AND VISIONS (CONTINUED). ILLUSIONS TO BE AVOIDEDCH. XXII.-REVELATIONS AND VISIONS (continued). COURSE TO BE FOLLOWED IN OUR JUDGMENTS WITH REGARD TO THEM CH. XXIII.-REVELATIONS AND VISIONS (continued). RULES OF CONDUCTPART VTHE TRIALS THAT ARE SENT TO CONTEMPLATIVESCH. XXIV. TRIALSPART VIMYSTICISM: SOME SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONSCH. XXV. DESIRECH. XXVI.-THE QUALITIES NECESSARY FOR A DIRECTOR CH. XXVII.-ON QUIETISMCH. XXVIII.-RARITY OR FREQUENCY OF THE MYSTIC STATES CH. XXIX.-TERMINOLOGY, AND THAT OF ST. TERESA IN PARTICULARCH. XXX.-SCIENTIFIC METHODS IN DESCRIPTIVE MYSTICISMCH. XXXI.-A DISCUSSION REGARDING SOME THEORETICAL QUESTIONSCH. XXXII.-TWO HISTORICAL MONOGRAPHSTHE MYSTIC UNION, CANTICLEBIBLIOGRAPHICAL INDEX APPROBATION OF HIS EMINENCE CARDINAL STEINHUBER. PREFECT OF THE SACRED CONGREGATION OF THE INDEX AUTHOR'S PREFACE TO THE SIXTH EDITIONINTRODUCTION TO THE TENTH FRENCH EDITIONAPPENDIX I.-ACQUIRED AND INFUSED CONTEMPLATIONAPPENDIX II.-ON THE DISCERNMENT OF SPIRITSANALYTICAL INDEX.INDEX OF PROPER NAMES

Editorial Reviews

"Directors of souls and the masters of the spiritual life will draw from it abundant supplies of enlightenment and the counsels necessary to enable them to solve the many complicated questions that they will encounter. What pleases me is the simplicity, the clearness, and the precision of his exposition, and still more, the solidity of the teaching." -Cardinal A. Steinhuber "[His Holiness Pope St. Pius X] is happy to see that now, thanks to Fr. Poulain, directors of consciences possess a work of great worth and high utility. He not only relies on the incontestable doctrine of the old masters who have treated this very difficult subject, but he presents these teachings, which constitute his authorities, under the form that our age requires." -Cardinal Merry del Val"The fruit of over forty years of patient labour... it has already passed through many editions in the author's own country, has been translated into many languages, and has received the express approval and blessing of the Holy Father; and we are glad now to welcome it in its English dress, in the hope it may do in England the good work it has done elsewhere... Père Poulain's book is a description of the highroad of prayer and a chart for the use of the traveller. He gives the sign-posts and the stopping-places; he warns us of the dangerous corners; from the experience of those who have traversed the country he gives rules of guidance for those who will follow after. For these more than for anyone else he has laboured, and for these in proportion as they have themselves made progress in the journey." -The Tablet."A first-class text-book of Mystical Theology... nothing important is omitted... has a good bibliographical index... is well translated.... May it soon be found in every monastic and clerical Library and on the shelves of the educated layman. -The Universe."The translation is admirably done and the fulness of treatment of a supremely difficult subject in all its possible bearings is beyond praise... A carefully drawn up bibliography of mystical writers adds value to an already extremely useful book. No community, whether of men or women, should be without this book." -Catholic Book-Notes."A perfect storehouse of information on the whole subject of prayer... this is a work which should be treasured by all who aspire, as we all lawfully may, to know something experimentally here below of that Union of God which is to be our happiness hereafter. The translation is excellently done." -The Month."This valuable book... ought without doubt to find a place in all theological libraries... As a work deserving close study from clergy and religious orders it is invaluable, and as a work of reference it will be also of much use to the studious Catholic layman."' -The Catholic Times.