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Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with advice on how to tell true friendship from false.


Book 3, Chapter 20
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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, as our friendly neighborhood bishop points out that you shouldn’t play with people’s hearts or waste their valuable time, and comments unfavorably about the wisdom of courtly love as a party game. It sounds like he had to do a lot of patching up of broken hearts in his day….

Book 3, Chapter 18: On Flirtations.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with some thoughts on friendship, and picking your friends wisely.

Book 3, Chapter 17: On friendship; first, on bad and frivolous friendships..

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with a few words on how to derive spiritual growth from being broke.

Book 3, Chapter 16: On the practice of spiritual riches amidst real poverty.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with another chapter that will be a bit more relevant to a lot of us than we’d like. Even most Americans who live below the poverty line are well-to-do by the standards of the rest of the world, and rich by the standards of history. So those of us who are doing okay, are like Bill Gates compared to someone really poor.

Book 3, Chapter 15: How to practice real poverty while being actually rich.

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UPDATE: Links fixed. Sorry, folks.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with a chapter that strikes me to the heart.

As a bibliophile and fan, I’ve spent a lot of years chasing avidly after certain material objects, not just using them with due diligence and care. Though middle age has freed me from a lot of the overenthusiasm, I still probably get a lot more into things than good sense really warrants, whereas I probably should be having the screaming fits of delight over doing good works. And yes, I did occasionally get a warning word from people about this; but it was never about greed and materialism, even when my greed was really kinda nakedly visible. We only think of greed as being about money, not about collecting or following your hobby, or buying everything that you can afford. Just because you can afford it, doesn’t mean you should be buying it or buying it right away. We need to separate our hearts a bit from naked desire, so that we can tell what we need from what we just like and can pass up. And we don’t always have to feel obliged to get what we want.

Book 3, Chapter 14: Of poverty of spirit in the midst of wealth.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with comments on chastity: why everybody needs to practice this virtue in a way appropriate to their state in life, and what kind of things you can do to gain or strengthen this virtue in yourself.

Yes, it’s kinda annoying when authors talk about sins without actually coming right out and saying what they are, even in the infamous “let’s break into Latin and Greek” clarifications. On the other hand, think how much utility ambiguity has, to cover a multitude of possible sins! (Sorry, no annotations in the translation I’m reading from. I’m sure some of the others will tell you their best guesses. Or you can go read St. John Cassian, who was an awesome writer and interviewer of desert monks, or Tertullian’s little book. I want breakfast more than scholarship at the moment.) Anyway, I’m sure you know what your own problems are with chastity, if any, and you’re better off concentrating on that.

Book 3, Chapters 12-13.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with throughts about sweating the small stuff and about obedience as a virtue. (Assuming you’re not ordered to do anything evil, mind you.)

Book 3, Chapters 10-11.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with an excellent couple of chapters to remedy pride and depression.

Book 3, Chapter 8-9.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with some thoughts on how to defend your reputation without being snotty and arrogant.

Book 3, Chapter 7.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with some really radical, countercultural ideas for those seeking to practice the virtue of humility. The idea is not just to accept embarrassment and failure and other weaknesses or bad stuff calmly, but to try to be glad that you’ve got this wonderful opportunity to build character. Not easy.

(Although I did get a glimpse of the truth of this, from my experiences with my broken arm earlier this year. After a certain point, you want more than to be un-negative or neutral about this stuff, because it’s such a waste of energy. You might as well be positive about it, being that the opportunities for embarrassment, weakness, and annoyance at your own lack of sainthood are so… abundant.)

Book 3, Chapter 6.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues.

Book III, Chapter 5: On Inward Humility.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues. I’ve moved over to another details page, though, because the previous one doesn’t seem to want me to upload anything more. And it is is huge, so little wonder.

Book III, Chapter 4: On Outward Humility.

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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with more on the virtues you should choose to work on. Then we begin the chapters on specific virtues with one about patience.


Book 3, Chapters 2-3
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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, as we begin the part of the book dedicated to virtues and how to practice them. In this chapter, we begin a discussion of how to pick out which virtues to concentrate on getting and keeping.

Bk. 3, Ch. 1.

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