Chaminade Legacy, Volume 4

Chaminade Legacy, Volume 4
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Volume 4

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To prepare for its bicentennial of 2017, the Society of Mary has produced a critical edition of the writings and words of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Now the initial offering of this multivolume French work–Ecrits et Paroles–is available in English under the title The Chaminade Legacy.

The reader follows step by step the evolution of Chaminade's thought and activity and examines the dynamism of a spirituality that, while remaining always open to God's inspiration, must often adapt itself to the human condition, both political and cultural.

Volumes 2, 3, and 4 of The Chaminade Legacy gather together Father Chaminade’s notes for conferences and sermons. They may be dated between 1800 and 1809, and almost all were intended for lay people.

Volume four completes the documents presented in volumes two and three, presentations made mainly to the members of the Sodality from 1800 to 1809; the French published these as Notes d’instruction. As can be seen from the table of contents, Father Chaminade reflects on a wide range of topics, including the sacraments, the virtues, sin, the Christian life, God’s mercy, several sermons and retreat subjects, feasts of the Church. . . . These writings witness to the breadth of his ministry and his care for those around him.

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    Document 147: Meditations on the Love of God

    [18] Charity is a love by which we attach ourselves to God and prefer God to all creatures.
    The principle of charity is the Holy Spirit, who pours it into our hearts which are in agreement with the Spirit, to produce its acts (Rom 5:5). The object, the end, and the reason for this charity is God, who is love (1 Jn 4:8, 16).

    When giving us the great commandment of the love which we owe, God shows us the three great reasons which urge us to love, while at the same time showing us the way in which we are to love God. This is the commandment. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mk 12:30).

    [19] Three reasons in these three words: “The Lord your God”. . . .
    Lord, by supreme authority.
    God, by infinite perfections.
    Our, to us by God’s continual gifts. . . .

    The Way of Loving God

    First. With all our hearts. What does it mean, to love God with all our hearts?

    [25] (1) It means to prefer God over all creatures.
    (2) It means to love only God, and to love God with all our souls.
    (3) It means to act and to suffer only for God.

    Second. With all our souls. What does it mean, to love God with all our souls?

    (1) It means to love God the full length of our life.
    (2) It means to prefer God to our own life, which we must lose rather than be unfaithful to God.
    (3) It means to sacrifice all our passions to God.

    Third. With all our minds. What does it mean, to love God with all our minds?

    (1) It means to walk in God’s presence, to think often of God.
    (2) It means to employ all our skills to have God loved.
    (3) It means to seek out whatever is pleasing to God in order to do it.
    (4) It means to apply ourselves to finding out what displeases God,
    so as to avoid it.
    (5) It means to submit our insights to those of God, which should
    rule over us; it means to think as God does.

    Fourth. With all our strength. What does it mean, to love God with all our strength?

    (1) It means to observe all God’s laws, to conform ourselves to all God desires.
    (2) It means to employ all that we are, all that [26] we possess, in God’s service.
    (3) It means to direct ourselves to God with all the fervor of which we are capable.

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    Contents

    Translator’s Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvii
    A Word to the Reader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xix

    Notes for Conferences and Sermons
    Notebook Number Seven

    On Temptations
    1. Instruction for Young People. Habitual Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
    2. On Temptations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
    3. Temptations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
    4. Hope. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
    5. The Sacraments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
    6. Temptations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
    7. Temptations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

    To Live Love
    8. How To Reach Perfection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
    9. On Love of Neighbor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
    10. On Emnity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

    Eucharist and Penance
    11. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
    12. On Confession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
    13. Confession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
    14. Sacrament of Penance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
    15. Concerning Sincerity in Confession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
    16. Grave Sins. Doubtful Sins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
    17. Contrition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
    18. Satisfaction. Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

    Virtues and Vices
    19. Pride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
    20. Humility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

    Peace
    21. Peace of Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

    Virtues and Vices
    22. Avarice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
    23. Second Conference on Humility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
    24. Third Conference on Humility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
    25. Fourth Conference on Humility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
    26. Fourth Conference. Practice of Humility . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
    27. Second Conference on Humility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
    28. Third Conference. The Humility of Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
    29. Fourth Conference. The Humility of Mary . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
    30. Concerning Scandal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

    Conscience
    31. False Conscience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
    32. Retreat. Conferences, Meditations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
    33. [Scrupulosity] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

    Impurity, Chastity, Prayer
    34. Impurity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
    35. The Two Gadarene Demoniacs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
    36. Lust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
    37. Remedies and Measures Opposed to Impurity . . . . . . . . . 99
    38. Fifth Conference. Impurity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
    39. Impurity, Principle of Damnation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
    40. Chastity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
    41. Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

    Choice of a Christian Future Life
    42. On the Truth of a Future Life [First Conference] . . . . . . 115
    43. On the Importance of a Future Life.
    Second [Sermon] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
    44. Complete Accomplishment of God’s Law . . . . . . . . . . . 119
    45. Perfect Observance of God’s Law. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
    46. God’s Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
    47. On Zeal for God’s Glory. An Exhortation. . . . . . . . . . . . 124

    Post-Resurrection Appearances of Jesus
    48. First Appearance. To the Blessed Virgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

    Human Destiny
    49. [Predestination and Reprobation] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
    50. The Sinner, Abandoned by God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
    51. Half-heartedness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
    52. Duties of Married People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
    53. Knowledge of God and of Self . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
    54. For Young People. On True Happiness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
    55. Serving God from Our Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

    The Work of the Miséricorde of Bordeaux
    56. Blessed Are the Merciful, etc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153

    Notes for Conferences and Sermons
    Notebook Number Eight

    Penance
    57. Penance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
    58. The Truth about Penance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
    59. Postponing Penance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
    60. Final Impenitence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
    61. Death of the Sinner. Premature Death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
    62. Parable of the Fig Tree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

    The Christian Life. Conversion and Progress
    63. On the End of the Christian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
    64. Conversion of the Sinful Woman. Qualities
    of Penance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
    65. Conversion and Justification, Carried Out
    by Degrees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
    66. Conversion and Perfection of Human Beings,
    by Degrees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
    67. Conversion and Perfection on the Part of
    Human Beings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
    68. True and False Virtue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
    69. Dispensing Ourselves from Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189

    The Sin, the Sinner, the Relapse
    70. Concerning Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
    71. Sin and Its Effects on the Soul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
    72. Sin. Second Long Discourse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198

    Mortal Sin
    73. Effects of Mortal Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
    74. Sermon on Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
    75. Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204
    76. The Heart of the Obstinate Sinner, Image of Hell . . . . . 209
    77. On Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
    78. On Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
    79. Sermon on the Sins of a Christian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
    80. The Leprosy of Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
    81. [Enormity of Sin]. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
    82. On Relapsing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
    83. Conferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234

    The Mercy of God
    84. On God’s Mercy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
    85. Essential Condition for Obtaining Mercy . . . . . . . . . . . . 251

    Christian Philosophy
    86. On Christian Philosophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254

    Retreats
    87. The Interior Reign of Jesus Christ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266
    88. Retreat. The Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
    89. [The Passion and the Establishment of the Realm]. . . . . 272

    Eternal Goods. Temporal Goods
    90. On Grace and the Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287
    91. Dangers and Joys of Temporal Goods. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293
    92. Concerning the Three Garments of the Spouse. . . . . . . . 299
    93. The Three Enemies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302

     

    Notes for Conferences and Sermons
    Covered Notebook Number One

    Saint Joseph
    94. Concerning Saint Joseph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
    Commentaries on the Gospel
    95. The Gospel of the Good Shepherd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312
    96. Gospel for the Fourth Sunday after Easter . . . . . . . . . . 317

    The Eucharist
    97. The Eucharist, the New Covenant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325

    Mary and Magdalene
    98. The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332
    99. Mary Magdalene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
    100. The Feast of Our Lady of the Angels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340

    Various Feasts
    101. Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 342
    102. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344

    Program of Life
    103. Elements of a Program of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352
    104. Sources of the Imperfections of a Christian Soul . . . . . 355
    105. Pride and Vanity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 358
    106. Ascension of Jesus Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363
    107. Visitation of the Blessed Virgin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363
    108. Reflections on a Sermon about Mary Magdalene . . . . . 366
    109. Sermon on the Nativity of Mary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 369
    110. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 370

    Notes for Conferences and Sermons
    Covered Notebook Number Two

    Faith, Hope, Charity
    111. Eight Days of Retreat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375
    112. The Fifteen Marks of Charity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 376

    Various Subjects
    113. Remorse of Conscience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385
    114. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . 387
    115. On Slander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 389
    116. Guardian Angels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 390
    117. Spiritual Nuptials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 391

    Notes for Conferences and Sermons
    Covered Notebook Number Three

    Mary, Mother of Christians

    118. The Blessed Virgin, Mother of Christians. . . . . . . . . . . 397

    Ascension and Pentecost
    119. The Ascension of Jesus Christ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 401
    120. On the Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 408
    121. The Spirit of Jesus Christ and the Spirit
    of the World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 416
    122. Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 423

    The Assumption
    123. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . 426
    124. About Providence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 430
    125. The Love of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435
    126. Conception of the Blessed Virgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 442
    127. The Passion of Jesus Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 444
    128. The Feast of Pentecost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 454
    129. Tender Friendships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 455
    130. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . 457
    131. Conscience. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 458
    132. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 460

    Notes for Conferences and Sermons
    Covered Notebook Number Four

    The Mass
    133. Assistance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass . . . . . . . . 465
    134. Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Luke 16) . . . . . . . . . . . 481
    135. Notes on the Sacred Heart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 482
    136. Saint Joseph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 487
    137. [Christians Carrying Their Cross] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 488

    Twelve Meditations on the Last Things
    138. Meditation Subjects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 491

    The Resurrection
    139. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 507

    Prayer
    140. The Purpose of Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518

    Venial Sin
    141. The Nature of Venial Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 523

    Life Ruled by Faith
    142. Reception of Communion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 526
    143. Life Ruled by Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 528

    Notes for Conferences and Sermons
    Covered Notebook Number Five

     

    Sin
    144. Relapsing into Sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 537
    The Passion of Jesus
    145. On the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ . . . . . . . . . . . 540

    Meditations
    146. Exercises Specified by the Rule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 550
    147. Meditations on the Love of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 552
    148. Use of Our Faculties in Mental Prayer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 557

    Saint Joseph
    149. For the Feast of Saint Joseph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 569
    150. Meditation for the Same Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 574

    Conversion
    151. Of the Mixture of Good and Bad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 583
    152. On the Dispositions of Those Who Listen to
    the Word of God or Receive God’s Grace . . . . . . . . . . 585
    153. Progress of the Sinner Toward Justification . . . . . . . . . 587

    Christian Law
    154. On Christian Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 590
    155. Concerning Sinful Communion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 594

    Christian Faith
    156. Instruction on the Abjuration of Heresy . . . . . . . . . . . . 596
    157. Dignity of Human Beings, Based on Creation . . . . . . . 597
    158. Credo in Deum Patrem Omnipotentem, Creatorem . . . 600
    159. On the Eleventh Chapter of Hebrews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 601
    160. Subjects of Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 603

    Bibliography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 607
    Biblical Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 609
    Index of Proper Names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 631