The Christian's pattern: or, A treatise of the imitation of Jesus Christ, in four books, by Thomas Kempis, render'd into Engl. To which are added, Meditations and prayers, for sick persons. By G. Stanhope. [Another]

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Contents

The Advantage of Afflictions
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Of Refifting Temptations
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Against Rafh Judging
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Of Works of Charity
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Of Bearing with other Mens Faults 17 A Reclufe Life
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Of the Examples of Holy Men in former Ages
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The Exercife of a truly Religious Perfon
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Love of Solitude and Silence Page 4 6
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Of Compunction of Heart
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The Miferable Condition of Man confidered
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Against being dejected with Temptations
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The Second Book Chap Page HE Life of the Spiritual Man 17
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The Advantage of Humility
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The Peacemaker
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Purity and Sincerity
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Know thy felf
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The Joy of a good Confcience
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Of Loving Jefus above all Things
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Of intimate Converfation and Friendship with Jefus
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The Difconfolate State
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Thankfulness for Gods Mercies
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Of Loving Chrift in Affliction 197
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The Third Book Digefted into Conferences between CHRIST and the Soul of his Difciple Chap Page HE Happiness of fuch a Converfation
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God is in the small ftill Voice
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Of the General Difregard to Gods Word and the Obedience due 4 A Prayer for Heavenly Inftruction and Devotion
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Walk humbly with thy God and worship Him in Truth
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The Power of the Love of God
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The Trial of true Love
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Grace must be received without Oftentation
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Of Acknowledging our Unworthiness before God
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Of doing all to the Glory of God
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Gods Service is perfect Freedom
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Of Regulating our Defires 1150
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The Neceffity and Reaſonableness of Patience
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Obedience to Superiors enforced by Chrifts Example
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Gods Fudgments are to be confiderd for our Humiliation
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With what Referve we ought to pray
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A Prayer for Grace to do the Will of God 1162
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God is our only Comfort in Trouble
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Of Cafting our Care upon God
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Chrift our Pattern of Patience in Afflictions
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Of bearing Injuries and how we may judge of true Patience 69
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The Infirmities and Miferies of our prefent State
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Of Placing all our Hope and Happiness in God
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A Thanksgiving for Gods Mercies
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The Things which make for Peace
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A Prayer against Evil Thoughts
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A Prayer for Spiritual Illumination
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Against a bufy inquifitive Temper
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Of lafting Peace and true Goodness
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The Happiness of them who love God
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This Life a State of continual Temptation
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Of Defpifing the Vain Cenfures of Men
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A Chriftian must devote himself entirely to God before he can be happy
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How to govern Ones felf in the Affairs of the World
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Against too great Eagerness in Bufinefs
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In Man dwelleth no good Thing
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Of defpifing Worldly Honour
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Happiness is not to be had by the Favour or Friendſhip of Men
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Against Vain and Pompous Learning 227
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Of Meddling with the World as little as may be
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Against a fond and eafy Credulity
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Of trusting in God when Men fpeak Ill of us
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Nothing too much to fuffer for Eternal Life
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The Joys of Eternity and Miſeries of this prefent Life
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Of the Defire of Eternal Life and the Happiness of them who ftrive manfully
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A Man must be contented with meaner Acts of Virtue when he is indifpofed for greater
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A Man fhould think Correction not Comfort his due
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The Grace of God dwells not with worldlyminded Men
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The different Motions of Nature and Grace
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The Weakness of corrupt Nature and Efficacy of Divine Grace
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SelfDenial enforced from Chrifts Example
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Against
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Against Prying into Things too high for us and pretending to fathom the Depths of God and Providence
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God is All the Good Mans Hope and Confidence 270
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The Fourth Book Of the LOR Ds Supper Chap Page 279 1 HE Reverence due to this Holy Sacrament
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The Love of God to the Soul manifefted in this Sacrament
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The Benefit of Communicating often 4 The Pleasures of Devout Communion
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An Act of Preparation before the Sacrament
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Of SelfExamination
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Chrift died for us that we should live to Him
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An Act of SelfRefignation
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The Sin and Miſchief of Abfenting from the Lords Supper
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The Benefit of Chrifts Body and Word
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Of Preparation to the Communion
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The Souls Defire of Union with Chrift 34 An All of exciting Devotion by the Example of Others 15 Grace is the Reward of Humility and SelfDenial ...
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MEDITATIONS and PRAYERS for Sick Perfons
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Of the Wisdom and Goodness of God
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And the Penitential Sorrow refulting from it 123 3 +40 13 18 24
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Meditations concerning Death 24 Of the Laft Judgment and the Eternal Punishment of Ungodly Men 25 Of Zeal in the Reformation of our Lives 62 ...
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Page 203 - O that I had wings like a dove ! For then would I fly away, and be at rest.
Page 17 - My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Page 105 - No, let a penitent and contrite spirit always be my portion, and may I ever so be the favourite of heaven, as never to forget that I am chief of sinners. Knowledge in the sublime and glorious mysteries of the Christian faith, and ravishing contemplations of God and a future state, are most desirable advantages; but still I prefer charity which edifieth, before the highest intellectual perfections of that knowledge which puffeth up.
Page 16 - Renew in him, most loving Father, whatsoever hath been decayed by the fraud and malice of the Devil, or by his own carnal will and frailness...
Page 21 - Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need ; we fly...
Page 17 - Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence : shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure ; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
Page 32 - O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength : before I go hence, and be no more seen.
Page 87 - ... That aspires and aims at a likeness to God ; this makes us really like Him. We should find no difficulty in any good action were but our minds free from all intemperate passion and desire. And this perfection of freedom we should not fail to attain, did we in all our designs and undertakings propose no other ends than obedience to the will of God, and promoting the good of our neighbour. Were but our minds thus fixed and our intentions regulated, everything would strangely contribute to our edification.
Page 105 - ... they have it. Might I be allowed to choose my own lot, I should think it much more eligible to want my spiritual comforts, than to abound in these at the expense of my humility. No, let a penitent and contrite spirit always be...

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