John Nicolaus Grou
178 pages ISBN: 1492932396
"Pere Grou's great theme in the Spiritual Maxims is his insistence on the following of the spirit of Christ as opposed to what he calls the natural spirit, or the spirit of private judgment. Prayer for him is contemplative prayer, or the prayer of the interior way. Not that he despised formal meditation by any means, but he regarded it always as a stepping-stone towards a higher form of prayer, the intimate prayer of the spirit. His great aim and desire was to urge and encourage souls not to be afraid, but to persevere in a wholehearted gift of themselves to God, and in a faithful surrender to the guidance of the Holy Ghost." Translator A Monk Of Parkminster.
First Maxim: By the ladder of sanctity, men ascend and descend at the same time, which leads to knowledge of God and true knowledge of self.
Second Maxim: Yield your liberty to God, and have no will but His
Third Maxim: Pray for a wise guide whom, when you have found, trust, revere and obey
Fourth Maxim: Be always mindful of the God Who is present everywhere, and Who dwells in the hearts of the just
Fifth Maxim: Keep close to Our Lord in His mysteries, and draw the purest love from His salutary wounds
Sixth Maxim: Make good use of the two sacraments, whereof one brings cleansing, and the other life, that is Penance and the Holy Eucharist
Seventh Maxim: Let your intention be pure, and your devotion simple and upright
Eighth Maxim: Follow the enlightening spirit of Christ: mistrust the blindness and treachery of the natural mind
Ninth Maxim: Take no account of external things: seek strenuously after those blessings which are to be found within
Tenth Maxim: Listen to Him Who teaches the heart without sound of words. Receive His peace, and guard it faithfully
Eleventh Maxim: Treat God as a child treats his Father amd thus acquire a child-like spirit
Twelfth Maxim: Beware of resisting the leadings of grace: be thoroughly generous in great things and in small