La Cité de Dieu de saint Augustin


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 This classic of mystical theology was written by Augustin Poulain, S.J. (1836-1919). 
It contains the following chapters: 

I. Principal Definitions 
II. Of the Four Degrees of Ordinary Prayer and of the Last Two in Particular 
III. The Various Kinds of Mystical Graces 
IV. Historical Explanation of the Word Contemplation 
V. First Fundamental Character of the Mystic Union: God’s Presence Felt 
VI. Second Second Fundamental Character of the Mystic Union: The Interior Possession of God: The Manner in Which it is Felt 
VII. The Mystic Union: Its Ten Subsidiary Characters. Description of the First. 
VIII. The Fourth and Fifth Characters of the Mystic Union 
IX. The Sixth Character of the Mystic Union 
X. The Seventh and Eighth Characters of the Mystic Union 
XI. The Ninth Character of the Mystic Union 
XII. The Tenth Character of the Mystic Union 
XIII. The Eleventh Character of the Mystic Union 
XIV. Twelfth Characteristic of the Mystic Union: The Ligature 
XV. The Two Nights of the Soul, the Borderland of the Mystic State 
XVI. Further Details Regarding the Prayer of Quiet (the First Stage of the Mystic Union) 
XVII. Details Regarding the Full Union (The Second Stage of the Mystic Union) 
XVIII. Ecstasy (The Third Stage of the Mystic Union) 
XIX. The Spiritual Marriage (Fourth and Last Stage of the Mystic Union) 
XXI. On Revelations and Visions (Of Created Things) Descriptive 
XXI. Revelations and Visions (continued) Illusions to be avoided 
XXII. Revelations and Visions (continued) Course to be Followed in our Judgments With Regard to Them
XXIII. Revelations and Visions (continued) Rules of Conduct 
XXIV. Trials 
XXV. On the Desire for the Mystic Union 
XXVI. Qualities Necessary for a Director 
XXVII. On Quietism 
XXVIII. Rarity or Frequency of the Mystic States 
XXIX. Terminology, and That of St. Teresa in Particular 1. Should infused contemplation be called a “gratuitous” grace [gratia gratis data]? 
XXX. Scientific Methods in Descriptive Mysticism 
XXXI. The Mystic Union O life, my thirsting spirit’s hidden need! 
Biographical Index
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