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Message  Javier le Mer 10 Juil 2019, 1:47 pm

IN THY COURTS (La Vocation à la Vie Religieuse)

By Louis Vignat SJ 1907



ANALYSIS OF CONTENTS

(Reproduced from "Les Études")


I. "Jesus Christ and the Religious Life."

-Our Lord opposes as an antidote to the threefold concupiscence of the world the three substantial vows of religion. These vows constitute a state of life: the religious life. This state has Jesus Christ for author, for having established it by His example and teaching, He made it possible to our weakness by the shedding of His blood on Calvary.

II. "The Call of Jesus Christ."

-Most frequently, vocation is the ordinary action of the Holy Ghost that urges us to embrace the good and moves us even to the greater good. This supernatural movement of grace is now more, now less, lively; now more, now less, persistent. It must be controlled by external authority. The Holy Ghost prompts and excites; the Church approves and puts into execution. It is the confessor who in this acts in the name of the Church, but he must be a prudent and experienced confessor.

III. "How the Divine Call is made manifest."

-The first reason for becoming a religious is to secure one's salvation at any cost. Next, the love of God urges us to the imitation of the life of Jesus Christ. Sometimes the desire to make the best use of one's life and to spend it in the service of righteousness manifests the divine call. The emptiness of human joys and the trials and difficulties of life are also means which divine goodness makes use of. Finally, good example and the grace of a good retreat determine vocations.

IV. "The Struggle for a Vocation."

-To correspond with God's call difficulties arising from repugnance, anxieties, doubts, and unreasonable apprehensions must be overcome. Barriers, put in the way by even Christian families, must be broken down. The heart, as well as the mind, must make its defense -the latter by freeing itself from sophisms, always refuted, but forever springing up again; the former by severing the cords of too natural a tenderness.

In these short pages it was not the author's intention to dispense theologians from reading the treatment of this question by such authors as Saint Thomas, Suárez, Platus, Lessius, and Saint Alphonsus Liguori; but in thus summarizing the teaching of the masters he has done great service to the good of those souls who are seeking their own vocation, and who will therefore read these counsels with much profit.

L.G.

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Message  Javier le Jeu 11 Juil 2019, 2:20 pm

PREFATORY NOTE

"If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what you hast, and give to the poor and come follow me," 1 the special message of Eternal Wisdom to a soul of predilection - is the Gospel truth of which "In Thy Courts" would give us an exposé.

It is to point out in Revelation a Scriptural warrant for the special call, to give some definite notion of its nature, to describe some of the many forms of its manifestation to the individual soul -to speak a word of warning to the unwary amidst the difficulties of the struggle in faithfully following the Savior's invitation to a religious life voiced in love ineffable, that Father Vignat, a scholarly priest of the Society of Jesus, has written this booklet. It is especially timely since it appears as a guiding ray of light in the dark, troublesome storm now hovering over and disturbing dear old France, when Satan's shafts have been directed against the Church and with special violence against her lovely Child -the Religious. Never was such a booklet more useful than now to help with its mite in directing the many vocations which on every hand manifest themselves in France -the Mother of Missionaries- as well as in other countries, a striking proof that "the Church persecuted is the Church triumphant."

In these fruitful and immense gardens of the Church -our own dear America- the spirit of religion has taken firm root and put forth a vigorous growth in the many phases of Catholic and religious life. Hence, I welcome this little work in its English version and new title "In Thy Courts", the work of an American Jesuit teaching in the Archdiocese. While I willingly bless his efforts, I gladly and earnestly commend this book to the Catholic and non-Catholic public, and especially to the youth of our country who are desirous of knowing and of studying, and may be of heeding, the Master's Call.

J. Card. GIBBONS.
Baltimore, Md., May 1, 1907.

1. St. Matthew xix. 17.

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Message  Javier le Ven 12 Juil 2019, 12:26 pm

APOSTOLIC DELEGATION,                                            
             United States of America.
                                                                      1811 Biltmore Street,
                                                                           Washington, D. C.,
                                                                               April the 19th, 1907.


Reverend and dear Sir:

"IN THY COURTS," a translation of Father Vignat's little gem on the call of Christ to a life in Religion,
already approved by your Superiors, cannot fail to be of great service to English-speaking youths
who in their doubts and aspirations are seeking light and counsel in that most important subject
of Vocation.

Its treatment of the sources of the religious life in revelation, the nature and manifestation of a call
to such a life, and the struggle of the soul in yielding obedience to the voice of the Lord is particularly
timely and helpful in these practical days, when men give so sparingly to God and Religion.

Hence, whilst I praise your zeal and bless your efforts, I earnestly recommend "In Thy Courts" to all
those who wish to form an accurate idea of Vocation to Religion, and especially to those youths
whose hearts are receiving the first impression of that calm, sweet Voice of the Master.


Praying God to shower down upon you His choicest graces, I remain

                                                            Most faithfully yours in Xt,

                                                                                D. FALCONIO,
                                                                                  Apostolic Delegate.

REVEREND MATTHEW L. FORTIER, S.J.
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Message  Javier le Sam 13 Juil 2019, 1:40 pm

"IN THY COURTS"


CHAPTER I. JESUS CHRIST AND THE RELIGIOUS LIFE.

Only a very superficial idea of the religious life would be formed by any inquirer
who should not at the outset fix his attention upon the mystery of the Incarnation
itself and its incalculable consequences. "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." 1

This is a fact of immense importance. It is none other than Eternal Wisdom
humbling Himself even to the lowliness of human nature to teach men with
His own divine lips.
It is the life of God made man exhibiting
from the Crib to Calvary
an ideal of holiness which the most ambitious of
moral greatness may strive after, though he can never fully attain its perfection.


More than this; by His death on the cross Jesus, at the price of His own blood, raises
us to a kind of equality with Himself. In the eyes of God, Christians in the state of
grace are no longer servants, but friends,2 brothers of Jesus Christ,3
adopted sons of God,4 temples of the Holy Ghost,5
partakers in the divine nature.6 This gift, like a divine
seed,7 transforms our nature into a new nature,8
intended to grow continually, under the breath of grace and the influence
of the sacraments, even to the full bloom of eternal happiness. In the mystery
of the Incarnation, it is indeed the divine nature that is poured out upon
the world. The life of Our Lord, His teaching, and His gifts raise man above
all that human reason could have conceived. Since God has loved us so much,
and enriched us with so many gifts, but little elevation of mind and nobility
of heart is required to put us out of conceit with that mere honest mean,
or even balance between opposite extremes on which the sages of old
used to plume themselves.


1 St. John, I-14
2 St. John, XV-15.
3 St. Matt., XII, 49-50.
4 I Ep. St. John, III-1.
5 I Ep. Cor., VI-19.
6 II Ep. of St. Peter, I-4.
7 I Ep. of St. John, III-9.
8. II Ep. Cor., V-17.


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Message  Javier le Jeu 18 Juil 2019, 1:18 pm

Jesus calls on all His disciples -that is, on all Christians- to be perfect. 1

Now, Christian perfection is charity. Jesus himself has said that in the love of God and of our neighbor are contained the whole law and the prophets. 2 The more one loves God, the more does one advance toward perfection.

Charity, and consequently perfection, admit of degrees. The first, which is necessary for salvation, is the keeping of the Commandments. "If you love me, keep my commandments;" 3 and this a love that may at times require very much of the Christian. He must be ready to sacrifice all, even life, rather than offend God mortally by a grievous transgression of a single commandment. But charity can rise higher. True love of God does not rest satisfied with merely obeying His commands; it seeks in every way to fulfil His good pleasure; it forgets its own interests to be taken up with those of Jesus Christ alone; it devotes its life to His service -ready to spend and lose it for His honor and for His glory, for "greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends." 4


1. St. Matt., V-48.
2. St. Matt., XXII-40.
3. St. John, XIV-15.
4. St. John, XV-13.


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