The Following of Christ

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  • Book III
    • Chapter I – Of the internal speech of Christ to a faithful soul
    • Chapter II – That truth speaks within us without noise of words
    • Chapter III – That the words of God are to be heard with humility, and that many weigh them not
    • Chapter IV – That we ought to walk in truth and humility in God’s presence
    • Chapter V – Of the wonderful effect of divine love
    • Chapter VI – Of the proof of a true lover
    • Chapter VII – That grace is to be hid under the guardianship of humility
    • Chapter VIII – Of the mean esteem of one’s self in the sight of God
    • Chapter IX – That all things are to be referred to God, as to our last end
    • Chapter X – That it is meet to serve God, despising this world
    • Chapter XI – That the desires of our heart are to be examined and moderated
    • Chapter XII – Of learning patience, and of fighting against concupiscence
    • Chapter XIII – Of the obedience of an humble subject after the example of Jesus Christ
    • Chapter XIV – Of considering the secret judgments of God, lest we be puffed up by our good works
    • Chapter XV – How we are to be disposed, and what we are to say when we desire any thing
    • Chapter XVI – That true comfort is to be sought in God alone
    • Chapter XVII – That we ought to cast all our care upon God
    • Chapter XVIII – That temporal miseries are to be borne with patience after the example of Jesus Christ
    • Chapter XIX – Of supporting injuries; and who is proved to be truly patient
    • Chapter XX – Of the confession of our infirmity, and of the miseries of this life
    • Chapter XXI – That we are to rest in God above all goods and gifts
    • Chapter XXII – Of the rememberance of the manifold benefits of God
    • Chapter XXIII – Of four things which bring much peace
    • Chapter XXIV – That we are not to be curious in enquiring into the life of others
    • Chapter XXV – In what things the firm peace of the heart and true progress doth consist
    • Chapter XXVI – Of the eminence of a free mind, which humble prayer better procures than reading
    • Chapter XXVII – That self-love chiefly keeps a person back from the Sovereign Good
    • Chapter XXVIII – Against the tongues of detractors
    • Chapter XXIX – How in the time of tribulation God is to be invoked and blessed
    • Chapter XXX – Of asking the divine assistance, and of confidence of recovering grace
    • Chapter XXXI – Of disregarding all things created, that so we may find the Creator
    • Chapter XXXII – Of the denying ourselves, and renouncing all cupidity
    • Chapter XXXIII – Of the inconstancy of our heart, and of directing our final intention to God
    • Chapter XXXIV – That he that loves God relishes him above all things, and in all things
    • Chapter XXXV – That there is no being secure from temptation in this life
    • Chapter XXXVI – Against the vain judgments of men
    • Chapter XXXVII – Of a pure and full resignation of ourselves, for the obtaining freedom of heart
    • Chapter XXXVIII – Of the good government of ourselves in outward things, and of having recourse to God in dangers
    • Chapter XXXIX – That a man must not be over eager in his affairs
    • Chapter XL – That man hath no good of himself, and that he cannot glory in any thing
    • Chapter XLI – Of the contempt of all temporal honour
    • Chapter XLII – That our peace is not to be placed in men
    • Chapter XLIII – Against vain and worldly learning
    • Chapter XLIV – Of not drawing to ourselves exterior things
    • Chapter XLV – That credit is not to be given to all men; and that men are prone to offend in words
    • Chapter XLVI – Of having confidence in God, when words arise against us
    • Chapter XLVII – That all grievous things are to be endured for life everlasting
    • Chapter XLVIII – Of the day of eternity, and of the miseries of this life
    • Chapter XLIX – Of the desire of eternal life: and how great things are promised to them that fight
    • Chapter L – How a desolate person ought to offer himself into the hands of God
    • Chapter LI – That we must practise ourselves in humble works, when we cannot attain to high things
    • Chapter LII – That a man ought not to esteem himself worthy of consolation; but rather guilty of stripes
    • Chapter LIII – That the grace of God is not communicated to the earthly minded
    • Chapter LIV – Of the different motions of nature and grace
    • Chapter LV – Of the corruption of nature, and of the efficacy of divine grace
    • Chapter LVI – That we ought to deny ourselves, and to imitate Christ by the cross
    • Chapter LVII – That a man should not be too much dejected when he falls into some defects
    • Chapter LVIII – Of not searching into high matters, nor into the secret judgments of God
    • Chapter LIX – That all hope and confidence is to be fixed in God alone
  • Book IV
    • Chapter I – With how great a reverence Christ is to be received
    • Chapter II – That the great goodness and charity of God is shewed to man in this sacrament
    • Chapter III – That it is profitable to communicate often
    • Chapter IV – That many benefits are bestowed on them who communicate devoutly
    • Chapter V – Of the dignity of the sacrament, and of the priestly state
    • Chapter VI – A Petition concerning the exercise proper before Communion
    • Chapter VII – Of the discussion of one’s own conscience, and of a resolution of amendment
    • Chapter VIII – Of the oblation of Christ on the cross, and of the resignation of ourselves
    • Chapter IX – That we must offer ourselves, and all that is ours, to God, and pray for all
    • Chapter X – That the holy communion is not lightly to be forborne
    • Chapter XI – That the body of Christ and the holy scripture are most necessary to a faithful soul
    • Chapter XII – That he who is to communicate ought to prepare himself for Christ with great diligence
    • Chapter XIII – That a devout soul ought to desire with her whole heart to be united to Christ in the sacrament
    • Chapter XIV – Of the ardent desire of some devout persons to receive the body of Christ
    • Chapter XV – That the grace of devotion is obtained by humility and self-denial
    • Chapter XVI – That we ought to lay open our necessities to Christ, and crave his grace
    • Chapter XVII – Of fervent love and vehement desire to receive Christ
    • Chapter XVIII – That a man be not a curious searcher into this sacrament, but a follower of Christ, submitting his sense to holy faith