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The Confession of St. Patrick Translated from the Original Latin with an Introduction and Notes
Saint Patrick

Eremitical Press, 2010

This translation of the Confession of St. Patrick is accompanied by a lengthy introduction by Thomas Olden, who argues that St. Patrick's Christianity was closer to that of the Reformed Church than to modern Catholicism. The introduction and translation are both meticulously documented as to sources. This edition also includes the prayer known as "St. Patrick's Armor" or "Breastplate" (the Lorica of St. Patrick). Thomas Olden (1823-1900) was the ...


A Method for Prayer and Directions for Daily Communion with God
Matthew Henry

Eremitical Press, 2009

In the first of the two works included in this volume, Matthew Henry teaches the elements of prayer using exclusively Bible phrases. The reader will draw spiritual nourishment from the copious examples of prayer under the headings of adoration, confession, petition, thanksgiving, intercession, and the conclusion of prayer. The first work also includes a reflection on the Lord's Prayer, again drawing on Scriptural expressions, plus Biblical ...


Introduction to the Devout Life, 400th Anniversary Edition
Francis de Sales

Eremitical Press, 2009

For four hundred years this book has taught and inspired Christians. It provides step-by-step instructions in the form of a long letter addressed to Philothea, or one who loves God. The book teaches that anyone can live a life devoted to God, even while remaining in ordinary life. Contents include how to cultivate the desire for a devout life; the means of raising the soul to God by prayer and the sacraments; the practice of virtues; advice ...


The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena, Seraphic Virgin and Doctor of Unity
Catherine of Siena

Eremitical Press, 2009

The Dialogue takes the form of a conversation between God and Saint Catherine of Siena covering four subjects. The treatise on divine providence explains the connection between love and suffering, emphasizing that God wants only our love and the service we give to our neighbors. The treatise on discretion introduces the metaphor of the Bridge from earth to heaven. The treatise on prayer gives instructions for the progress from vocal to mental ...


The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ
Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Eremitical Press, 2010

In The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ, Saint Alphonsus Liguori points out the practical wisdom contained in St. Paul's meditation on love in 1 Corinthians 13. We should love Jesus, he says, no matter what happens, and we should be kind and without envy in our everyday dealings. The reader will learn the benefits of desire, resolution, prayer, and frequent communion. Those who love Jesus are humble and forsake personal ambition. They ...


St. Columba and Iona: The Early History of the Christian Church in Scotland
Alphons Bellesheim

Eremitical Press, 2010

From Ireland, the island of saints, came Colum Cille, or Colum of the Church, known to us as St. Columba. Leaving his homeland, Columba crossed the sea and settled on the island of Iona, where he built a monastery that would change the course of Scottish history. Columba's mission to the northern Picts led to the conversion of Scotland and the foundation of monasteries across the land. His successors would forge connections between Iona and ...


Waiting on God and Absolute Surrender
Andrew Murray

Eremitical Press, 2010

WAITING ON GOD is Andrew Murray's 31-day series of prayers and meditations on the theme of waiting on the Lord. Each day he offers a text from Psalms, or elsewhere in the Bible, along with an inspirational reflection on its meaning. Over the course of 31 days, you will discover the value and spiritual significance of silently waiting upon God. Andrew Murray expands on this theme in his powerful ABSOLUTE SURRENDER, which is included in this ...


The Ways of Mental Prayer with Introductory Letter by Pope Pius X
Vital Lehodey

Eremitical Press, 2009

Dom Vital Lehodey was the fourth abbot of the Trappist monastery of Notre-Dame-de-Grace in Bricquebec, Normandy, France. In THE WAYS OF MENTAL PRAYER he offers a systematic presentation of the teachings on contemplative prayer of St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Francis of Sales, St. Alphonsus of Liguori, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and many more. Part One introduces the reader to contemplative or "mental" prayer. Part Two gives ...


Abandonment to Divine Providence: Loving God in the Present Moment
Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Eremitical Press, 2009

Our simple task is to love God in the present moment. In this life-changing work, Jean-Pierre de Caussade reveals a spiritual exercise appropriate no matter what our duties and circumstances. We must love God whatever happens and take everything around us an expression of his will. We should allow all our actions to be divinely and intuitively guided. Sanctity consists simply in this loving response to God. Jean-Pierre de Caussade was a member ...


Scottish Metrical Psalter

Eremitical Press, 2007

This is the translation approved by the Church of Scotland in 1650. All one hundred and fifty psalms are rigorously translated into rhythmic verses that are easy to sing and set to music. The beauty of 1650 English verse makes this volume a treasure. Includes preface and glossary.


The Glory of Christ
John Owen

Eremitical Press, 2009

John Owen was educated at Oxford, where he was awarded a master's degree at the age of nineteen. While pastoring a church in Essex, he preached before the English parliament. This led to Oliver Cromwell appointing him dean of Christ Church Cathedral and vice-chancellor of Oxford University. Owen later declined the presidency of Harvard College and concentrated instead on his work in England as a leader of the Puritan and Congregationalist ...


Freedom! Escaping the Prison of the Mind
Ozay Rinpoche

Eremitical Press, 2008

After going absent without leave from the British army, Ozay Rinpoche begins down a path that leads to solitary confinement in prison. There he establishes a disciplined program of exercise, Bible-reading, and meditation. Pushing himself to meditate for four hours at a time, he arrives at a point of liberation. Ozay's story is the universal story of self-discovery and redemption. Freedom! includes instructions for meditation and dream ...


On Loving God: De Diligendo Deo
Bernard of Clairvaux

Eremitical Press, 2009

We should love God because he first loved us and also for his many gifts to us. Christians more than others should know this. Loving God brings a reward of peace we cannot find in earthly things. There are four degrees of love for God. It is natural that it should begin with loving God for selfish reasons, but we can love God at a higher level by loving our neighbors and by loving God for his own sake, to the extent that we love him without even ...


A Plain Account of Christian Perfection with Biographical Introduction
John Wesley

Eremitical Press, 2009

John Wesley was born in 1703 in Lincolnshire, England. After being educated at Charterhouse and Oxford, he traveled to the American colonies to serve as minister in Savannah, Georgia. On his return to England he preached in churches, chapels, and in open fields, often preaching two or three times in a single day. His literary output included hundreds of sermons and tracts along with his journals. Reverend Wesley's preaching continues to be ...


Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist
Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

Eremitical Press, 2011

In the first four essays in this collection, D. T. Suzuki reads Meister Eckhart with the eye of a master, pointing out where his understanding deeply coincides with that of Zen Buddhism. Next, he takes on a subject Christians often find difficult, the question of transmigration or reincarnation. Suzuki then compares the dimensionality of the crucifixion with that of enlightenment. In the later essays, Suzuki moves on to the Pure Land tradition ...


The Dhammapada and the Sutta Nipata: Second Edition
Max Muller, Viggo Fausboll

Eremitical Press, 2011

Beginning this work, Max Muller provides a thorough introduction to his translation of the Dhammapada -- perhaps the best-loved piece of Buddhist scripture. In it he explores the chronology of early Buddhism and its literature. The translation itself is accompanied by copious notes on the choices Muller made in rendering the original Pali into English. The Dhammapada, a collection of wisdom-sayings, is traditionally held to consist of words ...


Dissertation on the Nature of True Virtue
Jonathan Edwards

Eremitical Press, 2010

What does it mean to be virtuous? How is virtue connected to the love of God? These are the questions Jonathan Edwards sets out to answer in his dissertation on the nature of true virtue. With relentless logic, Edwards argues from common experience to general principles. He distinguishes between primary and secondary forms of virtue and shows that the highest human actions must necessarily arise from a clear sense of God's purpose. "The general ...


Visits to the Blessed Sacrament and to Blessed Mary: Prayers and Meditations for Thirty-One Visits
Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Eremitical Press, 2010

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists, provides programs of prayers and meditations for thirty-one visits to the Blessed Sacrament. Each day he offers devotional and inspirational material for eucharistic adoration, spiritual communion, and prayer. At the end of each visit Alphonsus gives material for a visit to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The saint also includes two hymns. His book draws widely from the writings of the saints. ...


The Deeper Christian Life: A Guide to Its Attainment
Andrew Murray

Eremitical Press, 2010

In THE DEEPER CHRISTIAN LIFE, Andrew Murray teaches the way to a more profound consecration to Christ. Learn how to correctly begin your daily fellowship with God. Understand the privileges all children of God are offered. See in the example of Peter the way to grow as a Christian. Pastor Murray clears away the misconceptions about what it means to be filled with the Spirit and shows the true meaning of the term. A final chapter explains how ...


Letters to Persons in the World: The Veuillot-Mackey Collection of 186 Letters
Francis de Sales

Eremitical Press, 2010

In his letters, Saint Francis de Sales provides his most intimate and practical advice on the spiritual life. Here the saint writes with his characteristic warmth and insight into human nature. The Veuillot-Mackey collection consists of 186 letters of the saint addressed to people in lay life. Subjects include discerning vocations, questions of marriage, lawsuits, and life decisions, family births and deaths, marital life and relationships, ...



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