Chaminade Legacy, Volume 2

Chaminade Legacy, Volume 2
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The Chaminade Legacy, Volume 2
Monograph Series - Document 53
Volume Two - Notes for Conferences and Sermons, Part One
487 pp., $15.00

The next three volumes (2, 3, and 4) of The Chaminade Legacy gather together Father Chaminade's notes for conferences and sermons. In his own words to the police of Bordeaux.

These eight notebooks contain very incomplete notes, and some extracts or partial extracts of other works. There is little order or connection among them . . . he jotted down his thoughts on loose sheets of paper. When he thought he had sufficiently grasped his subject, he stopped writing. The majority of these writings were never revised. All of these loose sheets were gathered together by his secretary a few months ago; two of the notebooks are not even yet covered.

The same observation may be made for Father Chaminade's other small notebooks. He never wrote out a speech or a conference, only notes to focus his ideas. Most of the time, he did not even record his final thought. . . .

An earlier edition of these notes, as the Notes d'Instruction, was published at Fribourg between 1963 and 1967 in 13 mimeographed volumes. With few exceptions, these notes are usually autographs. They may be dated between 1800 and 1809, and almost all were intended for lay people. They are published in the order of the classification in the General Archives (AGMAR) of the Society of Mary in Rome.It may be asked what profit we may draw from reading these notes for conferences and sermons. A person interested in theology and the history of theology can find here a living insight into what the Church was teaching during the first quarter of the 19th century, right after the French Revolution.

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    Document 51: On the Rule of Life

    [334] 1. Its usefulness. (1) The Rule sanctifies all the actions of a Christian by giving to each of them a Christian motivation and by excluding the human motives which corrupt them. (2) A regulated life helps us practice the great precept of the love of God, the presence of God, continual prayer, referral of our actions to God. Relating to God at every moment is beyond human ability; the Rule supplies it virtually. (3) A regulated life helps us practice at every moment the precept of patience. (4) A regulated life, moreover, corrects, weakens, and reforms the passions. Young David, fighting the beasts, prepared himself for a fight with giants. (5) A regulated life provides tranquility in life by the satisfaction it gives the [335] soul. A secure mind is like a continual feast [Prov 15:15].

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    Translator's Note
    A Word to the Reader

    Small Loose Sheets

    Living the Faith
    1. Religion Brings Happiness
    2. Obligation to Serve God from Our Youth
    3. God Is All
    4. On Faith
    5. Concerning Faith
    6. Twelve Articles of the Creed and the Twelve Apostles
    7. Forgetfulness of God. Practical Atheism
    8. Various Subjects of Meditation

    The Last Things
    9. On the Necessity of Remote Preparation for Death. As Is Life, So Is Death
    10. On Death
    11. Meditation on Death. Its Nature. Punishment for Sin.
    12. Why Are People so Indifferent about the Last Things?
    13. On the General Conflagration
    14. On Hell
    15. On Hell. The Truth of Its Existence
    16. On Hell
    17. On Heaven

    Jesus Christ and His Church
    18. Jesus Christ. His Personal Character, Wisdom, and Holiness
    19. List of the Feasts of the Apostles
    20. The Nativity
    21. On the Circumcision
    22. The Epiphany
    23. The Justice of God Regarding Jesus Christ
    24. The Resurrection
    25. Repose of Jesus Christ in Heaven: Sedet
    26. The Judgment of God, Carried Out by Jesus Christ
    27. The Church
    28. Unity of Body, Unity of Spirit or Soul
    29. The Kingdom of Heaven
    The Spiritual Life
    30. On Spiritual Rebirth
    31. On Self-knowledge
    32. On the Interior Law
    33. On Conscience
    34. Conscience
    35. On Prayer
    36. Of Constancy in Prayer (Luke 18:1-8)
    37. Prayer
    38. The Name of Jesus
    39. Conference on Contrition
    40. Practice for the Week. Humility
    41. Notes on Humility
    42. Practice for the Week. Mortification
    43. Practice for the Week. Mortification for the Penitent
    44. Notes on Mortification
    45. On the Love of God
    46. Love for God [Preferential Love]
    47. On the Love of God. Second Part. Happiness of Heaven
    48. Of Fervor and Half-heartedness
    49. Retreat
    50. On Examen
    51. On the Rule of Life
    52. The Religious State, the Hidden Treasure of Religion
    53. Sermon for the Feast of Saint Magdalene

    Retreat and Conferences
    54. Retreat for Lay People, 1818
    55. Liturgical Conferences

    Large Loose Sheets

    Faith and Good Works
    56. The Life of Faith
    57. Notes on the Word of God
    58. On Good Works

    The Last Ends
    59. On the Ends of Human Beings
    60. Sin Expels God from the Soul and Allows the Demon to Enter
    61. Meditation on Sin, considering Number, Weight, and Measure
    62. Venial Sin
    63. Particular Judgment of the Sinner
    64. Heaven

    Jesus Christ
    65. "I am the Way" (John 14:6)
    66. Jesus Christ, Eternal and Substantial Light
    67. Marks of the Spirit of Jesus Christ
    68. Entering into the Dispositions of Christ
    69. Sermon on the Mystery of the Incarnation
    70. Notes on the Conference on the Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
    71. Sermon for the Feast of Christmas
    72. Sermon for the Day after Christmas
    73. For the Nativity of Jesus Christ
    74. The Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ
    75. On the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ. Conference on the Advantages of Mental Prayer
    76. Jesus Christ in All the Mysteries of His Suffering and Death
    77. Notes on the Conference on the Truth of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
    78. On the Five Wounds of Our Lord after His Resurrection and, in Particular, the Wound in His Side

    The Church
    79. The Authority of the Church in Matters of Faith
    80. Various Names Given to the Church in the Christian Scriptures

    The Spiritual Life
    81. Temptations
    82. Temptations
    83. Temptations
    84. Notes on Prayer
    85. On the Passions
    86. The Object of Morality
    87. Virtues
    88. The Evangelical Virtues, or the Eight Beatitudes
    89. Humility
    90. Purity of Intention
    91. Humility
    92. On Submission to the Will of God
    93. Impurity

    Sacraments
    94.  Renewal of Baptismal Vows
    95.  Motives for Attrition
    96.  Contrition
    97.  Easter Communion
    98.  Dispositions for Communion
    99.  Preparation for Communion
    100. Sermon for a Marriage

    Various Subjects
    101. Conversion of the Jews, Elijah and Enoch
    102. Response to the First Question
    103. Prayer
    104. Sermon for Pentecost

    Jesus and His Cross
    105. The Narrow Path
    106. Bodily Life of Jesus Christ
    107. The Faith which Justifies. Justus ex fite vivit
    108. Practice of Union with Jesus Christ
    109. The Sign of the Cross
    110. The Power of the Sign of the Cross
    111. Choice of the Sufferings of the Cross
    112. Efficacy [of the Cross]

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    The Virgin Mary
    113. Texts on Mary
    114. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
    115. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
    116. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin. Its Foundation
    117. Mary's Mercy
    118. The Mystical City of God
    119. Mary Was Conceived without Sin
    120. The Immaculate Conception
    121. The Immaculate Conception
    122. The Immaculate Conception
    123. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
    124. Sermon for the Nativity of Mary
    125. Notes for a Sermon on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    126. Thoughts on Chastity for the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
    127. The Annunciation
    128. Sermon on the Annunciation. Notes
    129. Mary's Grace
    130. The Visitation
    131. Sermon on the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin
    132. Explanation of the Magnificat
    133. The Purification of the Blessed Virgin
    134. Sermon for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
    135. Mary's Glory. Nature and Cause
    136. The Virtues of the Blessed Virgin
    137. Mary's Assumption

    Large Loose Sheets

    Instructions for the Sodalists

    Married and Professional Life
    138. General Characteristics of the Heart According to Nature and According to Habits and Vicissitudes of Life
    139. Changes in a Young Man because of His Marriage
    140. Necessity of a Call in order To Enter any Profession
    141. Obligations of a Sodalist
    142. Notes
    143. Necessity of Fleeing the Word, or of Becoming a Sodalist
    144. Human Respect

    The Sodality of the Laity
    145. Subjects for Instructions for the Sodalists
    146. Public Renewal of Baptismal Vows
    147. Renewal of Baptismal Vows
    148. Ceremonial for the Renewal of Baptismal Vows
    149. Covenant with the Lord, or Renewal of Vows
    150. Renewal of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin
    151. Renewal of the Act of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin
    152. Ceremonial for the Renewal of the Covenant with the Most Blessed Virgin
    153. Organization

    Large Loose Sheets

    Obedience and Conscience
    154. Fragments on Obedience and Conscience

    Gray Notebook No. 1

    The Virgin Mary
    155. Time Periods in the Life of the August Mary
    156. Reconciliation of Two Genealogies, That of Mary and That of Joseph
    157. Abraham's Age
    158. Mary, the Hope of All Peoples
    159. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
    160. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
    161. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin as a Sign of Predestination
    162. Sermon on the Grandeurs of Mary
    163. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin. Its Foundations
    164. Mary, Mother of the Church
    165. Ave, gratia plena (Luke 1:28)
    166. The Immaculate Conception
    167. Praying to Mary
    168. Sermon. Mary Is Our Mother
    169. The Blessed Virgin as Our Mother
    170. Mary, Eve of the New Covenant
    171. Mary, Our Hope
    172. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
    173. The Mystery of the Rosary
    174. Mary, Victorious over the Demon
    175. Consecration to the Cult of the Blessed Virgin
    176. Consecration to the Blessed Virgin
    177. The Holy Name of Mary
    178. Conference on the Conception of the Blessed Virgin for the Vigil or Preparation for the Solemnity
    179. Another Conference on the Same Subject
    180. Conception of the Blessed Virgin
    181. For the Feast of Mary's Conception
    182. For the Feast of Mary's Conception
    183. The Immaculate Conception
    184. Sermon for the Immaculate Conception
    186. Outline of a Sermon for the Immaculate Conception
    187. Material for Another Sermon for the Immaculate Conception
    188. Sermon on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
    189. Sermon on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
    190. The Presentation
    191. The Presentation
    192. the Purification of the Blessed Virgin
    193. Second Sermon for the Purification of Mary, Model of Submission
    194. Answer to Questions about the Purification
    195. Sermon for the Purification
    196. The Compassion of the Blessed Virgin
    197. Mary, Our Mother, on Calvary
    198. On Calvary. Saint John and Priests
    199. On Calvary. Mary and Priests
    200. On Calvary. Mary Is Our Mother
    201. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
    202. Sermon on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
    203. Notes on Mary

    Saint Joseph
    204. Saint Joseph
    205. Saint Joseph
    206. The Death of Saint Joseph
    207. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin

    Priests and Religious
    208. Exhortations
    209. Extract from La Sainteté et les devoirs de la vie monastique
    210. The Obligation of Priests to Seek Perfection

    Love of God
    211. The Most Holy Trinity
    212. Degrees in the Love of God, according to Saint Thomas, Saint Bernard, and Saint John of the Cross
    213. Continuation. Love of God
    214. Harm Done to the Soul by the Slightest Disorderly Attachments
    215. Spiritual Maxims
    216. Schism

    Appendix
    Evening Considerations
    Bibliography
    Biblical Index
    Index of Proper Names
    Index of AGMAR Documents