States of Christian Life and Vocation, According to the Doctors and Theologians of the Church

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States of Christian Life and Vocation, According to the Doctors and Theologians of the Church  (1879) 
by Jean-Baptiste Berthier, translated by Joseph Shea

Contents[edit]

Part 1: States of the Christian Life[edit]

Section 1: The Common State of Life[edit]

Article 1: Marriage[edit]

Chapter 1: Is Marriage a Holy State

Chapter 2: Is Marriage Obligatory

Chapter 3: Is Marriage Counselled

Chapter 4: End to be kept in View by those entering the Married State

Chapter 5: Chief Cases in which Marriage is Unlawful or Invalid

Article 2: The Unmarried State[edit]

Paragraph I. Celibacy[edit]

Chapter 1: Celibacy is Possible

Chapter 2: Is Celibacy permitted, or is it a precept or a counsel.

Chapter 3: Celibacy is a Happier State than Marriage.

Chapter 4: Is Celibacy better than Marriage

Chapter 5: The Vow of Chastity

Chapter 6: Is it Lawful to Exhort Others to the Practice of Perfect Chastity or Celibacy.

Chapter 7: Is it Wrong to Dissuade from Perfect Chastity.

Paragraph 2. Virginity[edit]

Chapter 1: The Virtue of Virginity

Chapter 2: The Glory of Virginity

Paragraph 3. Widowhood[edit]

Section 2: The State of Perfection[edit]

Introductory Remarks. What is Perfection, and what is the State of Perfection.

ARTICLE I. The State of Tendency to Perfection, or the Religious State.[edit]

CHAPTER I. ORIGIN OF THE RELIGIOUS STATE.

CHAPTER II. EVANGELICAL COUNSELS.

CHAPTER III. EXCELLENCE OF THE RELIGIOUS STATE.

CHAPTER IV. ADVANTAGES OF THE RELIGIOUS STATE.

CHAPTER V. IS THE RELIGIOUS STATE OBLIGATORY.

CHAPTER VI. IS THE RELIGIOUS STATE A COUNSEL.

CHAPTER VII. IS IT ALLOWABLE TO EXHORT PERSONS TO ENTER RELIGION.

CHAPTER VIII. FAULTS TO BE SHUNNED WHILE INDUCING PERSONS TO EMBRACE THE RELIGIOUS LIFE.

CHAPTER IX. OPPOSITION TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE.

CHAPTER X. HINDRANCES TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE.

CHAPTER XI. IS THE CONSENT OF THEIR SUPERIORS NECESSARY FOR THOSE WHO ENTER RELIGION.

CHAPTER XII. IS LONG PREVIOUS PRACTICE OF VIRTUE REQUISITE FOR ENTRANCE INTO RELIGION.

CHAPTER XIII. CAN CHILDREN BE ADMITTED INTO RELIGION?

CHAPTER XIV. IS IT PROPER TO DELIBERATE A LONG TIME, AND TO CONSULT MANY PERSONS BEFORE ENTERING RELIGION.

ARTICLE II. The State of Perfection in Practice.[edit]

Part 2: THE CHOICE OF A STATE OF LIFE AND VOCATION.[edit]

PRELIMINARY NOTIONS. IS EVERY MAN FREE TO CHOOSE THE STATE OF LIFE THAT SUITS HIM.

Section I. Means to know what State of life we should choose[edit]

These means are all contained in the three words : pray, reflect, consult.

Section 2: Rules to be followed in choosing a State of Life[edit]

These rules, which are borrowed from theology and the most eminent masters of the spiritual life, will, we trust, be useful, not only to persons deliberating on the state they should embrace, but to those also who are called upon to advise and direct them in this deliberation.

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Original:
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Translation:
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