ON CONTEMPLATING GOD

William of Saint Thierry


Translated from the Latin by
Geoffrey Webb and Adrian Walker



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First British edition, 1955
by A. R. Mowbray and Co. Ltd, London

Cover image "Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane" by Giovanni di paolo is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Cropped from original.




CONTENTS

Publisher's Foreword
Translators' Introduction
Preface

I. The Soul which loves God asks to be purged of its vices and of all attachment to worldly things; it begs to be raised up to heaven

II. The soul which desires God complains of how it is burdened by the body

III. On whether the Saints receive love in an unequal measure, and on how this comes about

IV. That God is to be loved for Himself alone and that all other things are to be loved on account of Him

V. That there is nothing to be loved above God, and nothing to be desired beyond Him

VI. That God has first loved us; through His Son, He incites us to return His love

VII. With that love God loves us

VIII. That by means of love we are made one with God

IX. That loves consists in keeping the commandments

X. The soul declares that it loves and adores God


Go to TRANSLATORS' INTRODUCTION.


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