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States of Christian Life and Vocation, According to the Doctors and Theologians of the Church

Contents

ContentsEdit

Part 1: States of the Christian LifeEdit

Section 1: The Common State of LifeEdit

Article 1: MarriageEdit

Chapter 1: Is Marriage a Holy State

Chapter 2: Is Marriage Obligatory

Chapter 3: Is Marriage Counselled

Chapter 4: End to be kept in View by those entering the Married State

Chapter 5: Chief Cases in which Marriage is Unlawful or Invalid

Article 2: The Unmarried StateEdit

Paragraph I. CelibacyEdit

Chapter 1: Celibacy is Possible

Chapter 2: Is Celibacy permitted, or is it a precept or a counsel.

Chapter 3: Celibacy is a Happier State than Marriage.

Chapter 4: Is Celibacy better than Marriage

Chapter 5: The Vow of Chastity

Chapter 6: Is it Lawful to Exhort Others to the Practice of Perfect Chastity or Celibacy.

Chapter 7: Is it Wrong to Dissuade from Perfect Chastity.

Paragraph 2. VirginityEdit

Chapter 1: The Virtue of Virginity

Chapter 2: The Glory of Virginity

Paragraph 3. WidowhoodEdit

Section 2: The State of PerfectionEdit

Introductory Remarks. What is Perfection, and what is the State of Perfection.

ARTICLE I. The State of Tendency to Perfection, or the Religious State.Edit

CHAPTER I. ORIGIN OF THE RELIGIOUS STATE.

CHAPTER II. EVANGELICAL COUNSELS.

CHAPTER III. EXCELLENCE OF THE RELIGIOUS STATE.

CHAPTER IV. ADVANTAGES OF THE RELIGIOUS STATE.

CHAPTER V. IS THE RELIGIOUS STATE OBLIGATORY.

CHAPTER VI. IS THE RELIGIOUS STATE A COUNSEL.

CHAPTER VII. IS IT ALLOWABLE TO EXHORT PERSONS TO ENTER RELIGION.

CHAPTER VIII. FAULTS TO BE SHUNNED WHILE INDUCING PERSONS TO EMBRACE THE RELIGIOUS LIFE.

CHAPTER IX. OPPOSITION TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE.

CHAPTER X. HINDRANCES TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE.

CHAPTER XI. IS THE CONSENT OF THEIR SUPERIORS NECESSARY FOR THOSE WHO ENTER RELIGION.

CHAPTER XII. IS LONG PREVIOUS PRACTICE OF VIRTUE REQUISITE FOR ENTRANCE INTO RELIGION.

CHAPTER XIII. CAN CHILDREN BE ADMITTED INTO RELIGION?

CHAPTER XIV. IS IT PROPER TO DELIBERATE A LONG TIME, AND TO CONSULT MANY PERSONS BEFORE ENTERING RELIGION.

ARTICLE II. The State of Perfection in Practice.Edit

Part 2: THE CHOICE OF A STATE OF LIFE AND VOCATION.Edit

PRELIMINARY NOTIONS. IS EVERY MAN FREE TO CHOOSE THE STATE OF LIFE THAT SUITS HIM.

Section I. Means to know what State of life we should chooseEdit

These means are all contained in the three words : pray, reflect, consult.

Section 2: Rules to be followed in choosing a State of LifeEdit

These rules, which are borrowed from theology and the most eminent masters of the spiritual life, will, we trust, be useful, not only to persons deliberating on the state they should embrace, but to those also who are called upon to advise and direct them in this deliberation.

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This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

 
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This work was published before January 1, 1924 and it is anonymous or pseudonymous due to unknown authorship. It is in the public domain in the United States as well as countries and areas where the copyright terms of anonymous or pseudonymous works are 96 years or less since publication.