Manual of Christian Perfection : Especially Designed for the Instruction of Novices Who Sincerely Desire to Enter a Religious Community; It May Be Read with Much Fruit by All Those Who Wish to Lead Exemplary Lives (Classic Reprint)Category: May LeadExcerpt from Manual of Christian Perfection: Especially Designed for the Instruction of Novices Who Sincerely Desire to Enter a Religious Community; It May Be Read With Much Fruit by All Those Who Wish to Lead Exemplary Lives To embrace a religious life, two things are required: on the part of a postulant or novice, proper intention, and on the part of God, true 'vocation. Purely human motives must be ignored by the candidates for the admission into a religious order, for they are in compatible with a state that has for primary end the super natural life of the soul. The following motives should be shunned: a desire to escape the troubles and vicissitudes common in the world; security from bodily want; an easy and comfortable life; disappointment in some important expectation; the love of a person who has become a religious and from whom the separation seems unbearable; excessive grief over the loss of relatives and friends, for which con solation is sought among sympathizing religious; mistaken condescension to parents who unduly urge their sons or daughters to enter a monastery or convent, etc. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.