On Prayer and The Contemplative Life
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On Prayer and The Contemplative Life

By Saint Aquinas Thomas
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  • ON PRAYER AND THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE
  • BY
  • S. THOMAS AQUINAS
  • VERY REV. HUGH POPE, O.P., S.T.M.
    • AUTHOR OF "THE CATHOLIC STUDENT'S 'AIDS' TO THE BIBLE," ETC.
    • WITH A PREFACE BY
    • VERY REV. VINCENT McNABB, O.P., S.T.L.
  • PREFACE
  • CONTENTS
  • INTRODUCTION
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • QUESTION LXXXI
    • OF THE VIRTUE OF RELIGION
    • I
    • Does the Virtue of Religion direct a Man to God Alone?
    • II
    • Is Religion a Virtue?
    • III
    • Is Religion One Virtue?
    • IV
    • Is Religion a Special Virtue Distinct From Others?
    • V
    • Is Religion One of the Theological Virtues?
    • VI
    • Is Religion to be preferred to the Other Moral Virtues?
    • VII
    • Has Religion, That is Latria,[65] any External Acts?
    • VIII
    • Is Religion the Same as Sanctity?
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • QUESTION LXXXII
    • OF DEVOTION
    • I
    • Is Devotion a Special Kind of Act?
    • II
    • Is Devotion an Act of the Virtue of Religion?
    • III
    • Is Contemplation, that is Meditation, the Cause of Devotion?
    • IV
    • Is Joy an Effect of Devotion?
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • QUESTION LXXXIII
    • OF PRAYER
    • I
    • Is Prayer an Act of the Appetitive Powers?
    • II
    • Is It Fitting To Pray?
    • III
    • Is Prayer an Act of the Virtue of Religion?
    • IV
    • Ought We To Pray To God Alone?
    • V
    • Should We in our Prayers ask for Anything Definite from God?
    • VI
    • Ought We in our Prayers to ask for Temporal Things from God?
    • VII
    • Ought We To Pray for Others?
    • VIII
    • Ought We To Pray for Our Enemies?
    • On the Seven Petitions of the lord's Prayer.
    • Rhythm in Honour of the Blessed Sacrament, said to have been composed by S. Thomas on his Death-Bed.[188]
    • X
    • Is Prayer Peculiar to Rational Creatures?
    • XI
    • Do the Saints in Heaven Pray for Us?
    • XII
    • Should Prayer be Vocal?
    • XIII
    • Must Prayer necessarily be Attentive?
    • XIV
    • Should our Prayers be Long?
    • XV
    • Is Prayer Meritorious?
    • XVI
    • Do Sinners gain Anything From God by their Prayers?
    • XVII
    • Can We rightly term Supplications," "Prayers," "Intercessions," and "Thanksgivings," parts of Prayer?
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • FROM THE SUPPLEMENT TO THE SUMMA—QUESTION LXXII
    • OF THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS WHO ARE IN HEAVEN
    • I
    • Are the Saints cognizant of our Prayers?
    • II
    • Ought we to appeal to the Saints to intercede for us?
    • III
    • Are the Saints' Prayers to God for us always heard?
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • QUESTION CLXXIX
    • OF THE DIVISION OF LIFE INTO THE ACTIVE AND THE CONTEMPLATIVE
    • I
    • May Life be fittingly divided into the Active and the Contemplative?
    • II
    • Is this division of Life into the Active and the Contemplative a sufficient one?
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • QUESTION CLXXX
    • OF THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE
    • I
    • Is the Contemplative Life wholly confined to the Intellect, or does the Will enter into it?
    • II
    • Do the Moral Virtues pertain to the Contemplative Life?
    • III
    • Does the Contemplative Life comprise many Acts?
    • IV
    • Does the Contemplative Life consist solely in the Contemplation of God, or in the Consideration of other Truths as well?
    • V
    • Can the Contemplative Life attain, according to the State of this Present Life, to the Contemplation of the Divine Essence?
    • VI
    • Is the Act of Contemplation Rightly Distinguished According to the Three Kinds of Motion—Circular, Direct, and Oblique?
    • VII
    • Has Contemplation its Joys?
    • VIII
    • Is the Contemplative Life lasting?
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • QUESTION CLXXXI
    • OF THE ACTIVE LIFE
    • I
    • Do all Acts of the Moral Virtues come under the Active Life?
    • II
    • Does Prudence pertain to the Active Life?
    • III
    • Does Teaching Belong to the Active or to the Contemplative Life?
    • IV
    • Does the Active Life continue after this Life?
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • QUESTION CLXXXII
    • OF THE COMPARISON BETWEEN THE ACTIVE AND THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE
    • I
    • Is the Active Life preferable to the Contemplative?
    • II
    • Is the Active Life more Meritorious than the Contemplative?
    • III
    • Is the Active Life a Hindrance to the Contemplative Life?
    • IV
    • Does the Active Life precede the Contemplative?
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • QUESTION CLXXXVI
    • ON THE RELIGIOUS STATE
    • Are Contemplative Orders superior to Active Orders?
    • FOOTNOTES:
  • INDEX
  • INDEX OF TEXTS QUOTED OR EXPLAINED
    • THE END
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